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Lions President: Calvin Johnson Hasn’t Decided on Retirement

Calvin Johnson

Lions president Rod Wood said in an interview on WMGC-FM (105.1) today that wide receiver Calvin Johnson still has not decided whether he wants to return for a 10th NFL season, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

“Well, it’s still in Calvin’s camp,” Wood said during an hour long interview on the “Ryan & Rico” show today. “We’re staying in touch with him. I talked to him Monday, and Bob Quinn talked to him, so get that out there: Bob has spoken to Calvin. Calvin has not made a decision. We’re going to give him time to think about what he wants to do. If he wants to come back, we’d, obviously, love to have him back. If he decides to retire, we’re going to support that decision.”

Johnson acknowledged six weeks ago that he was considering retirement and said in a statement at the time that he expected a decision “in the not-too-distant future.”

Wood said he has no inkling which way Johnson is leaning with his decision, and he reiterated comments he made at the Super Bowl this month, saying the Lions won’t push Johnson to return.

“I’m not going to try and talk him in, or anybody else on the team, talk him into a decision,” Wood said. “He needs to decide what’s right for him and his future, his body and the rest of his career. And I think the worst thing that we can do is try and put pressure on him, and we’re not doing that.”

“Certainly, anything that we’re going to decide in free agency — and obviously, free agency (helps decide) what we’re going to do in the draft — Calvin’s decision will be part of that,” Wood said. “But that’s not necessarily a deadline. It’d be nice to know what we’re going to do, but it’s not something that we’re going to force on him to make a decision prior to free agency.”

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