Jaguars, Eagles Interested In Calvin Johnson?

As of this writing, wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still retired. But, if he decided to play again, it sounds like the Lions would be open to trading his rights between now and Tuesday’s deadline. If Megatron can be coaxed out of retirement, the Jaguars would have interest in acquiring him, ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen (video link) hears. The “speculation” is that the Eagles would also be among those to look into acquiring Johnson. Calvin Johnson (vertical)

Even if Johnson does have the itch to play again, there would be a number of hurdles for all parties to work through. The wide receiver’s contract runs through 2019 and includes a cap number $21MM for this year. He’ll also have to pass a physical on the first try and that’s not a slam dunk given how long he has been away from the game.

Any team getting into bed with Megatron will also want to know that he is firmly committed to playing football. He has been asked about a potential return at various points but has denied any interest.

I’m not coming back, man,” Johnson said back in December. “Look, man. I got stuff that’s going to hurt for the rest of my life. I got a finger that’s literally bone-on-bone. This bad boy, it gets smaller. The more and more I do, it grinds bone-on-bone. Literally from last year, I went this year to get another X-Ray and this is after I retired, I knew it was messed up but I didn’t know to what degree because it was hurt.”

The 7-1 Eagles could use a pass catcher like Johnson, but they might want to put their resources towards acquiring a left tackle instead. The 4-3 Jaguars, meanwhile, have already taken on a sizable contract by acquiring former Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

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6 comments on “Jaguars, Eagles Interested In Calvin Johnson?

  1. Polish Hammer

    Not a fit for Philly this year. He’d make sense for next year and beyond.

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  2. Beyond_Max_Power

    I think he’d play for the Patriots, and that’s it. he’d greatly improve their WR group, and Tom Brady is throwing you the ball.

    I’m an Eagles fan. I really don’t think we need him. Hollins is playing a lot more, for good reason. Great draft pick IMO. Agholor is playing well (where was he Sunday?). Jeffery is still very good. Smith has been disappointing, but Hollins is filling in nicely.

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    • Z-A

      We’re all thinking it. If you’re gonna come out of retirement, you go to the Pats.

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