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Lions' Johnson stepping away

Just like Barry Sanders nearly two decades ago, Calvin Johnson is walking away from the NFL and the Lions on his own terms.

Johnson, 30, announced his retirement Tuesday in a statement. He filed retirement papers with the NFL in advance of the new league year, which begins today. Johnson played nine Hall of Fame-caliber seasons and goes down as the best receiver in Detroit's franchise history.

"Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision," Johnson said in the statement. "As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it."

Johnson led the Lions and finished 10th in the league with 1,214 yards receiving this season, but recent injuries started to wear down his body. The Lions will gain about $11.1 million in salary cap space from his retirement.

Pierre-Paul stays put: Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, a former USF standout, agreed to terms on a new contract. The free agent announced his intentions on Instagram. He said he chose to return despite interest from several other teams, including the Cardinals. The free agency period begins today. A July 4 fireworks accident that cost Pierre-Paul his right index finger sidelined him for the first half of last season. Pierre-Paul played one season at USF, in 2009, and was drafted in 2010 at No. 15 overall — still the highest draft spot for a former Bull.

Bears: Receiver Alshon Jeffery signed his one-year, $14.6 million franchise tender offer.

Bills: Guard Richie Incognito reached agreement on a three-year deal worth $15 million.

Broncos: Guard Louis Vasquez, tight end Owen Daniels and long snapper Aaron Brewer were released.

Chiefs: Linebacker Tamba Hali, coming off his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl, agreed to a three-year deal, keeping him off the free agent market.

Colts: Kicker Adam Vinatieri, the NFL's oldest player at 43, agreed to terms to remain. Outside linebacker Bjoern Werner, a former first-round pick out of Florida State, was waived.

Dolphins: Mario Williams, a former No. 1 overall draft pick, agreed to a two-year deal at about $8 million a year, NFL Network reported. Tight end Jordan Cameron accepted a $1.5 million pay cut, from $7.5 million to $6 million.

Eagles: Longtime Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin agreed to terms on a two-year deal.

Jaguars: Broncos defensive lineman Malik Jackson agreed to a six-year, $90 million deal with $42 million guaranteed, AP reported.

Seahawks: The team waived defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who missed the 2015 regular season after surgery for kidney cancer.

Steelers: Cornerback William Gay agreed to a three-year deal to remain in Pittsburgh.

Vikings: Wide receiver Mike Wallace was released after one unproductive season, clearing $11.5 million in cap space.

Lions' Johnson stepping away 03/08/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 10:17pm]
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