The Dallas Cowboys are on the door step of a Super Bowl birth somewhere Calvin Johnson only dreamed about, but is it enough to bring him out of retirement?
The Dallas Cowboys ended the 2016 season in heartbreak fashion losing in the divisional round once again. After a 13-3 season, a first round bye and momentum on their side, Cowboys fans were ready for another Super Bowl.
With a Super Bowl within the Cowboys grasp they could be a playmaker away. Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson could be the piece that puts Dallas over the top.
Johnson, who is currently retired, has only been to the playoffs twice. Johnson only played 9 NFL seasons before abruptly retiring. He has recently expressed his frustrations with the Lions lack of success and cites it as one of the main reasons for his early exit.
ESPN reports Johnson was asked while in Italy if he ever thought about switching teams?
"“Of course, I thought about it,” Johnson told ESPN. “Just like in basketball, you know, guys, they create these superteams. But it’s not quite like that in football where I had the freedom just to go. I was stuck in my contract with Detroit, and they told me, they would not release my contract, so I would have to come back to them. I didn’t see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall and not going anywhere.”"
The Cowboys now have salary cap room to make a few significant signings. The release of former quarterback Tony Romo is steadily increasing cap space.
Johnson may be looking for a short-term deal with a contending team and none may be better than the Cowboys.
Quarterback Dak Prescott is saving the team millions because of his rookie contract. Prescott won’t demand a multi-million dollar contract for the next three years when his current one expires.
This could open the door for a perfect two-year contract for Johnson to join the Cowboys. Not only will he be joining a contender but he can also be paid like the top receiver he is.
Calvin Johnson has admitted to leaving the Lions because of their situation. The Dallas Cowboys are on the cusp of a Super Bowl. Can the two sides find a common ground that could lead to sixth Super Bowl?