Lions wide receiver Johnson contemplating retirement


Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is evaluating his future in the NFL, with retirement on the cards.

Johnson - the number two pick in the 2007 draft - has four years remaining on an $113million, seven-year contract after completing his ninth season in the NFL but the physical and emotional toll of American football appears to have taken its toll on the 30-year-old.

The six-time Pro Bowl representative released a statement on Wednesday, which read: "Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future.

"I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future."

Johnson, who is due to make $16m in 2016-17, led the Lions in receiving yards (1,214) and touchdowns (nine) this season despite battling a sprained ankle during the second half of the campaign.

He was listed as questionable on the team's final eight injury reports.

"We obviously have profound respect for Calvin and certainly understand and appreciate his decision to give proper thought and consideration to his football future," the Lions said in a statement.

Johnson holds the NFL single-season receiving record at 1,964 yards set in 2012, while he has amassed a total of 11,619 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns in his league career.