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Sunday, January 31, 2016, 5:27pm
Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told his family and a close circle of friends before last season that 2015 would be his final year in the NFL, and he delivered the same message to coach Jim Caldwell the day after the regular season ended, sources told ESPN.
Caldwell told Johnson not to rush his decision -- to take his time, sources told ESPN. Out of respect to Caldwell, Johnson agreed to do just that, according to sources.
The Lions have not given up hope that Johnson could change his mind, but one person who knows Johnson well said, "He's pretty content with his decision."
Johnson's production has dropped a bit over the last couple of seasons as he has struggled to stay healthy. If Johnson stays retired, it's a big blow to Matthew Stafford's 2016 outlook.
Posted by Scot Berggren
Friday, January 1, 2016 - 10:42am
Week 17 at Chicago
After registering just two total receptions the previous two weeks, Calvin Johnson was more himself last week against the 49ers. In the win, he was targeted 10 times, resulting in six receptions for a team-high 77 yards and his eighth TD of the season. It’s been an inconsistent ’15 for Megatron, but he’s eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark yet again. The Bears couldn’t slow down Johnson in October, as he caught six passes for 166 yards and a TD.
2015 Strength of Schedule - DET
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats