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Lions hope to “ultimately” work out rift with Calvin Johnson

With the Lions and Barry Sanders renewing their relationship a generation after Sanders abruptly quit and the team made him pay back millions, the Lions now have only one former superstar player who retired under less than ideal circumstances. And team president Rod Wood has now spoken publicly twice about the situation in less than…

Lions hire Barry Sanders for marketing post

The Lions are clearly trying to mend fences with Calvin Johnson, inviting the retired wide receiver to training camp after an offseason of critical comments about the team. But they’ve taken another step to bring another legend back into the fold. Via Justin Rogers of the Detroit News, the Lions have hired Hall of Fame…

Lions could easily make peace with Calvin Johnson

The Lions, who have faced periodic criticism in recent months from their most recent (and, frankly, rare) superstar player, hope to smooth things over with Calvin Johnson, in part by inviting him to training camp. But if the goal is to make nice with a player who was better than great, the Lions could do…

Wood dismayed with Calvin Johnson situation, invites him to Lions camp

Lions president said he had extended a training camp invitation to the franchise's all-time leading receiver in a radio interview Monday        

Rod Wood: Lions want to bring Calvin Johnson to training camp

The tension between the Lions and Calvin Johnson has been palpable, and obvious. But the Lions hope to mend fences with their former star wide receiver. Via Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, Lions president Rod Wood said during an interview with WJR that he’s been in contact with Johnson and has invited him…

Calvin Johnson disappoints with comments on Lions

Johnson's recent statements about why he left the Lions contain many contradictions, Mitch Albom writes.        

Calvin Johnson wanted to form an NFL super-team but couldn't leave the Lions — so he chose retirement over the 'insanity'

When six-time Pro Bowler Calvin Johnson retired from the NFL last spring, he cited his health as the primary reason. Now, more than a year later, the wide receiver has revealed that his long-term deal with the luckless Detroit Lions was a major factor in his decision to walk away from professional football at the age of 30. Show More Summary

Calvin Johnson finally admits he retired in part because the Lions stunk

Everyone assumed Calvin Johnson’s reasons for retiring included the constant losing with the Detroit Lions. He avoided answering that directly for a long time, instead sticking to his answer that the physical toll on his body was too much and that’s why he stepped away. Show More Summary

Ex-Lion Dan Orlovsky sides with Megatron in latest dust-up

A year and a half after Calvin Johnson decided to retire from the Lions, the team’s relationship with its all-time greatest receiver seems to be growing more strained. And one former teammate is siding with Megatron. Dan Orlovsky, a backup quarterback who spent four seasons as Johnson’s teammate in two different stints with the Lions,…

Calvin Johnson: Not worth time to stay with Lions

Calvin Johnson included the Lions' on-field performance as a reason for his departure from the NFL.        

Calvin Johnson admits Lions' losing a factor in his retirement

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Part of why Megatron walked away from football was because he believed the Lions couldn't transform into a championship team.

Calvin Johnson: I was 'stuck' in Detroit; 'it just wasn't for me anymore'

The former All-Pro WR spoke pretty candidly about his time and exit from the Lions in a recent news conference in Italy        

Did the Lions successfully bluff Calvin Johnson?

Of all the intriguing things said to the Italian press by former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, this quote intrigues me the most: “They told me they would not release my contract, so I would have to come back to them.” In other words, if Johnson hadn’t retired the Lions would have honored Johnson’s contract in…

Calvin Johnson says Detroit Lions’ constant losing factored into his retirement decision

Calvin Johnson’s retirement after the 2015 NFL season came as a surprise to many. Johnson was only 30 years old at the time and was still considered one of the best receivers in the league. So why did he prematurely end his career? Injuries and, as Johnson admitted last week to Italian media, the Detroit […]

Calvin Johnson Admits He Retired Because The Lions Never Had a Shot of Winning A Super Bowl

Just nine seasons into a Hall of Fame career – Calvin Johnson decided to give it all up and retire from the game he loved. The former Detroit Lions WR recently stated that the it was more than just the wear and tear on his body that made him quit – it was the lack […]

Calvin Johnson: “Didn’t see that opportunity” to win in Detroit

Calvin Johnson hasn’t said all that much about his decision to retire — in America. But during a promotional trip to Italy, the former Lions receiver admitted all the losing he was subject to eventually wore him out. Via the Detroit News, Johnson told the Italian press that the losing coupled with his own injuries…

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