ALLEN PARK, Mich. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Detroit Lions are still giving Calvin Johnson time to ponder his future.
The team issued a statement Sunday, saying it stands by its previous statement that supported Johnson, after ESPN reported that the superstar receiver told family, friends and Lions coach Jim Caldwell that he is retiring. ESPN did not name its sources.READ MORE: More Omicron Cases Identified In New York; Total Rises To At Least 8
Johnson declined to say last season if he would restructure his contract, which calls for him to count $24 million against the salary cap in 2016.READ MORE: Slain Columbia Grad Student Davide Giri Remembered As 'The Nicest And Brightest Person'
If the 30-year-old Johnson chooses to retire, he will walk away from the game despite having the physical ability to play more, just as Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders did. Sanders was 30 in 1998, his 10th and final season with the Lions.MORE NEWS: 11-Year-Old Robbed At Knifepoint By Stranger In Queens School Bathroom
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