If Calvin Johnson Retires, Can Any WR Fill His Shoes?

February 10, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Someday, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be viewed as a rare football fossil. We’ll look back on his career, his production and, most of all, his blend of both incredible size and speed, and only then truly appreciate the athletic gifts he used to physically dominate defensive backs.
That day could be coming soon. Too soon.
We’ve reached the point where Johnson’s retirement announcement is beginning to feel inevitable. It’s almost a formality now and a matter of filling out the necessary paperwork. Which may have been the case privately for quite some time, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that because of his ailing physical condition, Johnson told close friends and family that 2015 would be his final season.
The 30-year-old who has struggled with severe ankle issues while missing five games over the past three years also told Lions head coach Jim Caldwell of his intention to retire. He did that after the season, according to...

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