Report: Calvin Johnson May Be Considering Retirement

The Raiders are once again projected to have massive cap room in 2016 (upwards of $70 million for the 2016 season) and many have been wondering if Calvin Johnson could end up signing with the Raiders – assuming, of course, the Lions part ways with Johnson’s $24 million cap number after the season.

Unfortunately, the Raiders may not get another chance at Johnson – their other opportunity being the 2007 draft (the JaMarcus draft).

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, some close to ‘Megatron’ believe he may retire at the end of the season. “I think he’s been through enough,” said one former teammate in Birkett’s report. “And I think it’s just his time. He’s made the money, got the records, but whatever. I don’t know for sure if he’s going to do it. I don’t know if he’s going to get that itch to keep going. I really don’t know.”

Johnson could command a hefty contract if released by Detroit, but will teams line up to spend on him knowing he has considered retirement? Would the Raiders want to spend in that situation? If Johnson is looking for a Super Bowl next year, are the Raiders the team he’d pick to do it with?

Probably not.

UPDATE: This statement was released by Calvin Johnson today…

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

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