Kansas City Chiefs: Acquiring Calvin Johnson not a likely scenario

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It’s no secret that the Kansas City Chiefs have one of the worst wide receiver corps in the NFL. Despite that, they still won’t be landing former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. There’s no way that will happen.

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson made a decision to walk away from football after the 2015 season wrapped up. It was later revealed that Johnson elected retirement because he didn’t see the Lions going anywhere as far as a Super Bowl was concerned and he didn’t want to continue hurting his body if it was all for not.

Johnson said at that time that,

"“I’m not coming back,” Johnson said. “You ain’t got to worry about that.”"

Well, it appears that half a dozen teams have tried to coerce Johnson out of retirement and get him to return to football. While no teams were mentioned in Charean Williams’ piece on the subject matter, it’s safe to say that the Kansas City Chiefs were not one of those teams.

First of all, Johnson hasn’t seemed persuaded at all to return to the game, which is the biggest factor here. Second, even if he did want to return, he’s still technically signed by the Lions. As Williams mentioned in the article,

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"The nine-year veteran, though, retired as a Lion and the Lions still retain his rights. That’s why Tony Romo asked for his release when he retired. It’s also why Marshawn Lynch, who wasn’t released when he retired, had to wait until the Raiders could work out a trade with the Seahawks."

The Chiefs don’t have a lot to give up and even if they did obtain Calvin Johnson somehow, how would they pay the guy? The whole reason the Chiefs are in wide receiver purgatory right now is because they couldn’t afford to keep Jeremy Maclin on their team due to salary cap issues.

That’s not the type of situation that will draw in one of the league’s best receivers for nearly a decade. If Johnson did return to the league, he’d want to go to a contender, yes, but he’d also probably rather have a deep ball quarterback throwing to him. Alex Smith is not that guy and we hopefully won’t see Patrick Mahomes this season to find out if he’s that guy.

Look, Chiefs fans, I get it. Having Calvin Johnson wearing a Chiefs jersey would be freaking cool, I’m not denying that at all. The fact of the matter is that Johnson won’t be coming to Kansas City. There’s no way this could happen, but it’d sure be cool if it did.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy watching Chris Conley and Albert Wilson catch passes from Smith even though that’s not enjoyable at all.