Earlier in the week, Calvin Johnson showed up at Miami Dolphins training camp to reunite with one of his old wide receiver coaches, Shawn Jefferson. Johnson’s visit was overshadowed a bit by the arrival of quarterback savior Jay Cutler, but he still did make an impression on the team, even if he did reiterate his commitment to staying retired.
“It’s amazing having him here,” Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills told the Miami Herald. “He comes right in and feels like he can speak to what we’re doing, give us tips and pointers here and there. He’s a special player. If any of us can do what he did, we’re on the right track.”
Earlier in the offseason, Johnson dropped in on the Oakland Raiders organized team activities to visit another former coach—now offensive coordinator—Todd Downing.
So with Johnson making the rounds, is there any chance he accepts Rod Wood’s invitation to Lions camp in an effort to mend fences?
It certainly doesn’t sound like it. According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, Johnson has "no plans to take his old team up on its offer to attend training camp.”
Johnson has publicly voiced his displeasure with the Lions organization twice this offseason. First, he told reporters at his football camp that he was frustrated with the way he was treated by Lions. A few months later, Johnson admitted to Italian football reporters that he felt “stuck” in Detroit and didn’t believe them to be true contenders when he decided to retire.
It appears Johnson is not ready to bury the hatchet with his former team just yet.