Lions receiver Calvin Johnson told his inner circle before the 2015 season that he would retire at the end of the year, ESPN reported Sunday.
After the season, Johnson, 30, gave Lions coach Jim Caldwell the same message.
Caldwell told Johnson to take his time on the decision, and Johnson agreed, though "one person who knows Johnson well said Johnson is 'pretty content with his decision,' " ESPN reported.
According to the network, Johnson, nicknamed "Megatron," shared his decision to retire after the season with two teammates: quarterback Matthew Stafford and linebacker Stephen Tulloch, requesting they keep their lips sealed.
Johnson is the franchise leader in receptions (731), yards (11,619) and receiving touchdowns (83).
If Johnson retires, he'll owe the Lions $3.2 million in previously paid signing bonus money.
Manziel incident: Texas police confirmed that they questioned Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel concerning a possible incident with a woman over the weekend. A day after police in Fort Worth, where the woman lives, started investigating the matter, Dallas police confirmed its investigating, too, because the incident might have happened in its district. Officers were called about 2 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report of a possible assault at an apartment complex in Fort Worth. The officers didn't find the caller but spoke to an unidentified 23-year-old woman who said she was involved in a disturbance with her ex-boyfriend in Dallas. Police confirmed the man in question was Manziel. Police used a helicopter to find Manziel because it was unable to reach him via phone and his ex-girlfriend was concerned for his well-being.
Super arrivals: The Broncos and Panthers arrived in the San Francisco area for Northern California's first Super Bowl since 1985. Sunday's game is at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, the 2-year-old home of the 49ers. Also, Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady said he'd be willing to restructure his contract to stay with Denver, which has linebacker Von Miller and QB Brock Osweiler hitting free agency. Clady is due $9.5 million next season and $10 million in 2017.