Detroit Lions won’t pressure wide receiver Calvin Johnson for a retirement decision

The Detroit Lions want wide receiver Calvin Johnson to take his time before deciding about retirement, but right now, mum’s the word.

Team president Rod Wood was on 105.1 FM in Detroit on Thursday discussing Johnson, who has not yet made a decision on his future and will be owed $24 million for 2016 when the league year becomes official on March 9.

Johnson has hinted at retirement, and there are reports that he’s leaving toward retirement.

He’s entering the fifth year of a seven-year, $113 million deal in which he’d make $16 million this season but be a cap hit of $24 million if the Lions cut him. Johnson, affectionately nicknamed Megatron, has 731 catches, 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns in his nine-year career.

Johnson set the single-season receiving yards record in 2012 with 1,964. Johnson would be the second prominent Lion to retire in what could be called his prime. Barry Sanders retired after the 1998 season after 10 years with the Lions.

(H/t PFT)