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Calvin Johnson

Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver

Ht: 6.4 | Wt: 237

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Lions | Calvin Johnson's body not holding up

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:56:18 -0800

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson's body and injuries are the main reason he is contemplating retirement, according to WR teammate Golden Tate. "But his body just isn't holding up. With his body type, and how he plays the game, he plays at a high level all the time for a bunch of years," Tate said. Johnson needed weekly knee drains in 2013 in order to play, and he missed three games and was used as a decoy in two other games with a high ankle sprain in 2014. Johnson also battled ankle injuries this year.

Fantasy Tip: Injuries in recent seasons have taken a large toll on Megatron and his production for fantasy owners. He was a big disappointment this year because of it. If he does return in 2016, which is looking unlikely, he's no longer a lock for a first-round pick, and he should be seen as more of a low-end No. 1 wideout.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: - Kyle Meinke

Lions | Calvin Johnson and GM could meet

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:47:17 -0800

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is staying in touch with team president Rod Wood, and Wood said he hopes to introduce Johnson to general manager Bob Quinn sometime next week.

Fantasy Tip: If the Lions can convince Johnson to return in 2016, he should have no problem providing solid WR2 production.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Detroit News - Tim Twentyman

Lions | Calvin Johnson's longevity was in question

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:25:59 -0800

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson's (ankles) longevity and condition of his ankles was a concern for doctors, and the team told prospective coaches they were interviewing about it in 2014.

Fantasy Tip: If Megatron decides to return, he'll be a high-end WR2 in fantasy.

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Lions | Detroit wants Calvin Johnson to return

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:18:53 -0800

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson may be offered an extension by the Lions in an effort by Detroit to bring their star wide receiver back. It was reported earlier that Johnson made the Lions aware of his intentions to retire following the 2015 season.

Fantasy Tip: Right now it doesn't look like Johnson will be in Detroit next season, but anything can happen between now and when the season starts. If Johnson's retirement is final, then Golden Tate would certainly have increased fantasy value, and the Lions would likely look to add depth to the position through free agency or the draft.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Lions | Calvin Johnson plans to retire

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:29:39 -0800

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson told head coach Jim Caldwell after the regular season that he plans to retire, according to sources. Caldwell has told Johnson to take his time with his decision, and the Lions are hoping that Johnson will change his mind this offseason.

Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to monitor the situation to see if Johnson changes his mind or if he will officially retire. Johnson would still be a solid fantasy option if he plays. Golden Tate could see a boost in value if Johnson retires since he would become the No. 1 receiver on the team.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Lions | No timetable for Calvin Johnson decision

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:59:04 -0800

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson does not have a timetable on a decision to retire or not, according to Johnson's agent.

Fantasy Tip: This will be one of the biggest stories heading into the offseason. If Johnson does retire, the Lions could focus their draft attention on wide receiver, while Golden Tate would become their No. 1 wide receiver. Stay tuned.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Lions | Matthew Stafford talks Megatron

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:15:12 -0800

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford believes WR Calvin Johnson is seriously considering retirement this offseason. "I think, anytime Calvin says something, it's not for show, it's something serious," Stafford said. "I think you guys have covered him long enough to know that he's a pretty measured person, and everything that he says to the public is a thought-out thing. So in that regard, I'm sure it's thought-out."

Fantasy Tip: Johnson had a down year by his standards, and nagging injuries have really taken a toll on his body and production in recent seasons. If he does return for another year, you shouldn't consider him among the elite receivers worthy of a first-round pick.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Lions | Calvin Johnson will be given time

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:33:19 -0800

Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Monday, Jan. 11, that when the time is right he will reach out to WR Calvin Johnson about his future plans. He said a couple of weeks after the season isn't that time.

Fantasy Tip: Megatron has hinted that he is ready to go the Barry Sanders route and retire at or near the top of his game. It appears this will be a story to watch into the spring, and perhaps summer, as Johnson ponders his future.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: - Tim Twentyman

Lions | Megatron told mother he may retire

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:32:19 -0800

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson told his mother he wasn't sure he wanted to play anymore, and he cleaned out his locker unlike other veterans.

Fantasy Tip: Megatron has had a stellar career with little to hang his hat on the mantle in Detroit. If he returns, he's a solid WR2, but age and attrition is starting to catch up.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson considering retirement?

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:19:05 -0800

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson spent as much time in the training room as anyone this year, and his ankle injury forced him to miss large chunks of practice time for a second straight season. As a result, Johnson is contemplating his future and has mentioned the subject of retirement to at least one former teammate. Several people that know Johnson said it's not far-fetched.

Johnson's production has declined in recent seasons due to injuries. He missed two games with knee and finger injuries in 2013, missed three games and parts of two others last year and missed Week 8 this season with a sprained ankle and played through the injury for much of the second half. He still managed to catch 88 passes for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015 and led the Lions in yards and touchdowns. Johnson is scheduled to make $16 million next year and has a cap number of $24.008 million. Detroit could ask him to take a pay cut or outright release him to save $11 million in cap space.

Fantasy Tip: Despite eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth straight season and scoring six touchdowns in the final eight games, Megatron's 2015 season was still a bit of a disappointment for his fantasy owners. He only caught double-digit passes in two games, with one coming in a meaningless Week 17. He was held to one catch in back-to-back weeks and was very inconsistent. If Johnson does come back for another year, he shouldn't be looked at as a lock as one of the top-tier elite receivers anymore.

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