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Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson Considering Retirement

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Just days after completing his ninth NFL season, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said Wednesday that he is evaluating his options for the future. One of those options appears to be retirement.

“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future,” Johnson said in a statement. “I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”

Johnson, 30, has four years remaining on the seven-year contract he signed with the Lions in 2012. His base salary for next season is $15.95 million. Johnson’s contract carries a cap hit of $24 million for the Lions next season and rumors of a potential pay cut if he stays has been swirling for months.

“We obviously have profound respect for Calvin,” the Lions said in a statement. “And certainly understand and appreciate his decision to give proper thought and consideration to his football future.”

The Lions used their 2nd overall pick in 2007 on Johnson and has since broken almost every significant Lions receiving record. Also, He holds the single-season record for receiving yards with 1,964, set in 2012, and is No. 27 all time in receiving yards with 11,619.

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