A generational talent is mulling over whether to continue on with his impressive NFL career, or retire and leave the game forever.
There has been speculation regarding the whether star Detroit Lions' wide receiver Calvin Johnson would leave the game instead of returning for a 10th season.
'Megatron' addressed those rumors today and confirms that he is weighing his options. In a statement on Wednesday Johnson says that whatever the decision is, it will come soon.
“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future," Johnson said in the statement. I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”
The Lions also made a statement stating they understand and will allow Johnson as much time as needed to make the tough choice.
"There has been some conversations about it, not asking me how it is," said one former teammate who asked to remain anonymous. "But I think the guy's beat up. I think he's been through enough. 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."
The 30-year old still has a ton of gas in the tank, and can without a doubt be a dominant receiver in the NFL. However, he has dealt with multiple injuries over the last few years and who knows the toll playing the game at such a high level has taken on CJ's body.
Johnson sits 27th all-time with 11,619 receiving yards and 22nd with 83 touchdown catches. His most dominant season came in 2012, when he hauled in 122 receptions for an NFL-record 1,964 yards.
He would certainly be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame should he make the surprise decision to retire.