Bears' Fox won't shed any tears if Johnson retires

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Indianapolis — Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had just two 100-yard game in 2015, and both were against the Chicago Bears.

So, if Johnson decides to retire after nine NFL seasons, Bears coach John Fox wouldn’t be too upset.

“Obviously, if you just look at our games, I would say, ‘Yay!’” Fox said at the NFL combine Wednesday.

Johnson has more catches and receiving yards — 96 for 1,480 — against the Bears than any other opponent in his career. He added to those totals last season with six catches for 166 yards in Week 6 and 10 catches for 137 yards in the season finale.

“He’s a great player,” Fox said before saying the Bears have their own issues to deal with.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) had two 100-yard games against the Bears this season.

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While Fox might celebrate the Lions losing Johnson, another person in the NFC North wouldn’t be that excited.

“They still have (Matthew) Stafford, right?” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said. “(He’s) a very good quarterback, and we’ve got great quarterbacks in this division. I don’t know the situation with Calvin and what transpired, but he is a great player, I think. Just playing against him through his career, he’s a future Hall of Famer, and those guys are few and far between when they come through.

“Not only — just looking from the outside in — was he a great player on the field, he was a great player with how he represented that organization off the field.”