Sport Calvin Johnson retired because he was 'stuck' in Detroit

05:10  12 july  2017
05:10  12 july  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. Calvin Johnson : I was ' stuck ' in Detroit ; 'it just wasn't for (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press). Johnson , the best receiver in franchise history, retired from the Lions after the 2015 season.

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Calvin Johnson and the Lions have not had a happy divorce.

The latest saga in the star wide receiver's rift with the Lions came to light Tuesday, when he cited his former team as a reason for retiring while he was in Italy last week.

"Of course I thought about it. Just like in basketball, you know, guys, they create these super teams. But it's not quite like that in football where I had the freedom just to go," Johnson said, via ESPN.com.

"I was stuck in my contract with Detroit and they told me they would not release my contract, so I would have to come back to them. I didn't see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn't worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall and not going anywhere."

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It was though that Calvin Johnson retired from the NFL for health reasons. I was stuck in my contract in Detroit , and they told me they would not release my contract so I would have to come back to them.”

Gotta be hard to maintain the competitive fire and take that punishment for so long when you are that talented and stuck in a situation like Detroit for that many years. Yeah, because it’s so far-fetched to posit that Calvin Johnson might actually want to WIN SOMETHING before he retires .

Johnson was prolific in a Lions uniform, hauling in 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns in nine seasons.

Earlier this year, Johnson voiced his displeasure that the Lions made him repay part of his signing bonus once he retired.

The Lions' relationship with former star running back Barry Sanders also soured after he prematurely retired. Their rapport has since improved, but it appears Johnson and the organization have an uphill climb.

Oddly enough, the Lions were probably one playmaker away from contending last season. Johnson's services would have certainly helped their cause.

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