Tuesday March 8th, 2016

Free-agent cornerback Adam Jones thinks receiver Calvin Johnson will return to the NFL for the 2016 season.

Johnson retired from the NFL on Tuesday after nine seasons with the Detroit Lions. Jones, who will be a free agent when the new league year begins Wednesday, told ESPN’s First Take he thinks Johnson will return to the league after realizing how much he misses football.

“He’s never had the game taken away from him,“ Jones said. “But he’ll understand... sitting at home, you can do anything you want when you’re at home, but it’s not the same as running out of the tunnel... I think he’ll come back. I think he won’t even take a year, if you ask me.”

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Johnson, 30, would certainly seem to have enough talent for a return. He set the NFL’s single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards in 2012 and in 135 career games, Johnson compiled 11,619 receiving yards and 84 touchdowns.

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