So Calvin Johnson retired out of the blue, robbing us of some more prime years from one of the best receivers of all time. He finally explained why:
“I don’t have the freedom just to go,” Johnson said. “I was stuck in my contract with Detroit and they told me they would not release my contract, so I would have to come back to them, so I didn’t see a chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time and for the work that I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep beating my head against the wall and not going anywhere. It’s the definition of insanity.”
Of course, with that said, he could have just played out his rookie contract and left. The Lions would have had to franchise tag him and there's no guarantee they would have wanted to.
But, could Calvin pull a Marshawn Lynch and come back anytime soon?
"Johnson added that he has definitely thought about playing for other teams in the league. The question is which team or teams would be of interest to him should the Lions somehow decide to let him out of his contract."
"He was asked which NFL quarterbacks he’d most like to play with and Derek Carr made the short list."
Calvin to Oakland?
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