Calvin Johnson has been considering retiring from the NFL for the past several weeks. On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions all-time great has decided to walk away from the game.
The 30-year-old made one of the quite retirement announcements ever, as he did not hold a press conference like Peyton Manning did on Monday. He walks away after dealing with injuries the past few years.
“After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football,” he said in a statement. “I have played my last game of football.
“Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision,” the statement continued. “As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it.”
Johnson was due to make $15.95 million this season. Megatron, as he was known, had a cap number of a little over $24 million.
The Lions have already said that they would not take back any of his signing bonus. With his retirement, he’ll have a $12.921 million in dead cap space for this season.
Johnson walks away much like another Lions great did at 30-years-old. His retirement is reminiscent of Barry Sanders retiring at the top of his game.
Sanders retired a little more than a 1,000 yards away from Walter Payton’s rushing record in 1999.
Johnson had 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns in a 135 career games. He also holds 15 NFL records.
Johnson had four-years remaining on his contract. He is leaving a lot on the money as some consider Johnson a border-line Hall of Famer with his move.
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