Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions remain at a somewhat cool impasse with them having a fractured relationship since retiring from the team. In an interview with Woodward Sports, the longtime Lions wideout bluntly stated he’s still not part of the Lions “family” and doesn’t seem to expect that to change.
I’m not back in the family with Lions or anything like that,” Johnson stated. “It would be nice to if they try to resolve things, but that’s neither here nor there.”
Johnson and former Lions teammate Rob Simms joined the show to discuss a ton of things that included his relationship with the team and Matt Stafford being traded. The Lions finally let go of Stafford and shipped him off to the Los Angeles Rams earlier this year. Johnson was never afforded that opportunity.
“We asked would they release me or let me go to another team … They wouldn’t,” Johnson said, via TMZ Sports. “You know what, it sucked that they didn’t let me go, but they let Matthew go, but hey, you know, it is what it is. I’m not mad at Matthew. I love Matthew.”
Fast forward to 29:26:
“I’m always here to support the players. That’s what it’s about. Supporting the players.”
He spent his entire nine-year Hall-of-Fame career in Detroit, catching 731 passes for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns before he abruptly retired in 2016. He was in the midst of a massive eight-year, $113.5 million contract when he stepped away from football.