Multiple teams have contacted the Detroit Lions about trading the rights to retired wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Adam Schefter reported the following about the developing situation:
Over the past week, two teams have spoken to the Detroit Lions about potentially trading for Calvin Johnson’s rights before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, league sources told ESPN.
Figuring they had nothing to lose, the Lions told teams to reach out to the retired wide receiver to gauge his interest, but so far it has been noncommittal at best, diminishing any hope for a deal, sources said.
If any team decides it wants to add a pricey receiver for a second-half run, Detroit would be willing to listen, sources said.
Life is always rough as a Detroit Lions fan (I am one), but my heart will literally break if Calvin Johnson leaves retirement to join another team. It’s torture for fans of the team to know that the organization threw away the careers of Barry Sanders and Calvin. Two of the best players at their respective positions in league history, and the Lions did absolutely nothing with them.
Those memories are bad enough. Having to watch Johnson come out of retirement, put on a different uniform and play for another franchise would be enough to drive most fans over the edge. Luckily, the elite receiver has shown next to zero interest in returning to the NFL.
Hopefully he continues to enjoy retirement. The legend has certainly earned it.