As reported by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is currently weighing whether he will retire or return to playing football or the 2016 season.
Johnson just completed the third season of a seven-year, $113 million contract extension that he inked with the team back in the spring of 2012. As a 2007 draftee, Johnson signed his rookie contract before said contracts were not dictated by draft slot, and were thus available to be openly negotiated: he entered the league on a six-year, $55.5 million deal.
With 11,619 career receiving yards, Johnson has easily the most receiving yards in Detroit Lions history, and currently sits 27th on the all-time list. Johnson holds the record for the most receiving yards in any individual season, amassing 1,964 yards on 122 catches for Detroit in 2012. (In 2015, Julio Jones and Antonio Brown posted the second- and fourth-most receiving yards in any one season, respectively.)
While Johnson may have received ire from fantasy football fans for supposedly subpar performance this season, his 1,214 receiving yards this season still ranked tenth in the league. Johnson’s currently active streak of six straight seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards is tied for the tenth-longest such streak in league history, and is the longest currently active streak.
Since Johnson’s arrival in Detroit, the Lions have gone 54-92 between the regular season and playoffs, or the fifth-worst record in the league over that time span.