Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has today thrown his NFL future into doubt.
Speaking in an official statement, 'Megatron' revealed that he is giving serious consideration as to whether he will return for a 10th season in the NFL, or retire.
Johnson has spent the entirety of his pro career with the Lions after being drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
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"Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future," the 31-year-old explained on Wednesday.
"I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”
There had been speculation recently that Johnson could leave the Lions after nine seasons.
With question marks over whether Detroit's new GM would be willing to accommodate the WR's monster contract - a deal that would count $24 million towards the salary cap in 2016 - a trade had been rumored.
Now, though, it appears that Johnson himself may opt to bring to an end his time with the franchise, and the league altogether.
Having amassed 11,619 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns in Lions blue, he would undoubtedly retire a franchise legend.
He has dealt with a number of injuries in recent seasons, however, and it may simply be that his dominant run in the NFL has taken its toll.
The Lions released the following statement in response to Johnson's own:
“We obviously have profound respect for Calvin and certainly understand and appreciate his decision to give proper thought and consideration to his football future.”
Lions fans: Is Megatron still a top level receiver, and where does he rank amongst all-time franchise greats? Have your say in the comments below...
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