Marvin Jones replacing Megatron in Detroit-- Wed Mar 9 10:55 am --
Chose Lions over Patriots and Bengals
The Lions are going to sign Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini. The deal can't be made official until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, when the new league year begins. The agreement between Jones and the Lions comes less than 24 hours after Calvin Johnson announced he was retiring from the NFL (ESPN)
FF Today's Take:Good timing for Jones who is a top prospect in a week free agent class of wide receivers. He will move right into the starting lineup opposite Golden Tate and should have a WR3 floor in the Lions offense that had the highest pass-run ratio (64%-36%) last season.
Calvin Johnson retires-- Tue Mar 8 11:00 am --
Lions need help at wide receiver position
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who for the past nine seasons established himself as one of the greatest wide receivers in National Football League history, today announced his retirement from the NFL effective immediately.(DetroitLions.com)
FF Today's Take:Megatron hinted at his intentions shortly after the season ended and now the decision is official. Johnson will leave as one of the best receivers ever to play in the NFL. Ho topped the 1000-yard receiving mark in seven out of his nine seasons averaging 9 receiving TDs per year. His loss leaves the Lions with Golden Tate as the only viable outside threat in the offense. Expect the Lions to address the position in free agency and/or the draft.
Calvin Johnson tells Lions he plans to retire-- Sun Jan 31 5:19 pm --
Club holding out hope he returns
Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told his family and a close circle of friends before last season that 2015 would be his final year in the NFL, and he delivered the same message to coach Jim Caldwell the day after the regular season ended, sources told ESPN. The Lions have not given up hope that Johnson could change his mind, but one person who knows Johnson well said, "He's pretty content with his decision."
FF Today's Take:We heard reports earlier this month that Johnson may hang up his cleats and it appears it may actually happen. Johnson has had back to back down seasons for his standards, battling various ankle and leg injuries. Though he was inconsistent, Johnson finished 10th among fantasy receivers in 2015.
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