The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly interested in trading with the Detroit Lions for the rights to retired wide receiver Calvin Johnson, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen who appeared on the Monday edition of the Mike & Mike radio show.
With Allen Robinson out for the season after an injury he sustained in Week 1, the Jaguars could be looking to upgrade their receiving corps for an eventual playoff run this January (oh) and important divisional matchups in December against the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans.
The addition would be nice for a struggling pass offense in Jacksonville, but according to Pride of Detroit it isn’t likely to happen:
Johnson has said repeatedly that he’s happy being retired and has no interest in ever making a return. “It’s not happening,” Johnson told the Detroit Free Press back in May. “I’m not coming back, man,” he said to ESPN in December.
However, it appears that hasn’t deterred teams from at least testing the waters with Johnson. This offseason, Johnson had some choice words in regards to his relationship with the Lions. He claimed his contract left him “stuck” in Detroit and he “didn’t see a chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time” and that was part of the reason he retired.
In nine seasons with the Lions, Johnson missed just nine games before retiring in 2016.