Colts tell Andre Johnson he’s cut

AP

Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson is on the way out in Indianapolis.

The Colts have told Johnson that they are releasing him, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It was reported last week that the decision to cut Johnson had been made.

Johnson signed with the Colts a year ago after spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Texans. Although Johnson played all 16 games for the Colts, he had a relatively uneventful season, with just 41 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns.

At age 34, Johnson doesn’t have much left. His agent has said he plans to keep playing, but there may not be many options for him. If Johnson does decide to call it a career, he finishes with 1,053 catches, eighth in NFL history, and 14,100 receiving yards, ninth in NFL history.

56 responses to “Colts tell Andre Johnson he’s cut

  1. Class act the entire time he has been in the league. I wish the other receivers would emulate him.

  2. Great speed and great hands are two important assets for an NFL WR. If you possess neither, it’s tough sledding. Andre Johnson is a great guy and a great pro. Those things are important too, but the first two are more important.

  3. I remember 10 years ago when they brought back the NFL fastest man to the pro bowl he was the only one ran faster than a retired 40 year old Darrell Green, who ran in the 4.3 range still. I remember thinking what a rare combination of size and speed he was because he towered over Green, and was much more muscular than the other receivers there.

  4. It’s impossible to blame Johnson for having an off year his first season with the Colts – coming into a new system with unfamiliar QBs, and then having Luck hurt all year with Methuselah as his backup. The season was a disaster for everybody.

  5. I find it hard to believe that he would be worthless to a team. 40 catches, 500 yards, and 4 TDs is still contributing fairly decently.

    If he’s a second or third WR on a team you still would HAVE to respect the guy with defensive schemes and not cheat away from him, or get burned.

    As a Lions fan I would take Andre, Calvin, and Golden Tate as 1,2, and 3 in no particular order for 2016. Johnson, Johnson, and Tate.

  6. It was evident early in the season last year was it for him. He was a great receiver and tore the Colts up in Houston, but his time has passed.

    Although I wish the Patriots would sign him, I don’t think BB is that dumb.

  7. Too bad he never had a real QB. Deandre Hopkins might suffer the same fate.

    Next stop Canton…

  8. steelerben says:
    Mar 4, 2016 9:15 AM
    This has “one year deal with New England” written all over it.
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    you know I was just thinking the same thing, 1 season deal with Brady..

  9. isphet71 says:
    Mar 4, 2016 9:38 AM
    I find it hard to believe that he would be worthless to a team. 40 catches, 500 yards, and 4 TDs is still contributing fairly decently.
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    It is a decent contribution, but if you have a receiver with those stats they need to play special teams and play for the league minimum. Two things a 34 yr. receiver wouldn’t do.

  10. gacoltfan says:
    Mar 4, 2016 9:39 AM

    It was evident early in the season last year was it for him. He was a great receiver and tore the Colts up in Houston, but his time has passed.

    Although I wish the Patriots would sign him, I don’t think BB is that dumb.
    ………………….
    Ya, your QB situation had nothing to do with it. and his 503 yards for third on the team wasnt nothing either eh?

  11. Interesting. So they didn’t cut him, they just told him he’s cut? That’s going to make it really awkward when he tries to sign with another team.

  12. Imagine the career he could have had playing for a good team/quarterback…

    HOF nod just for the beating he put on Cortland Finnegan

  13. charliecharger says:
    Mar 4, 2016 9:22 AM

    Great speed and great hands are two important assets for an NFL WR. If you possess neither, it’s tough sledding. Andre Johnson is a great guy and a great pro. Those things are important too, but the first two are more important.
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    Not sure I’m following here. Clearly at his age, the “speed” would be diminishing/gone. But since when has he ever had an issue with not having good “hands”?

  14. Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Roddy White… why is every faded star always rumored to go to New England?

    It may have worked great for Randy Moss but not so much for Chad Ochocinco or Albert Hayneworth

  15. ocgunslinger says:
    Mar 4, 2016 9:27 AM
    NE needs a speed burner at WR. Past his time.
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    But they aren’t going to get a speed burner. They really don’t have the cap room nor the 1st rounder they would need. Besides, with Gronk/Edelman/Amendola/Lewis, he would be a solid 5th target.

    I would rather they spent what room they had on a RB than trying to get a WR

  16. Heck of a player and by all accounts, a very good guy off the field. Put up huge career numbers despite never playing on great Texans teams (or with a great qb).

    Obviously he’s still got a little left in the tank, hope he can catch on with a contender.

  17. Disappointed that he didn’t pan out for the Colts. I do think he was under-utilized a bit, but also he wasn’t getting separation. Early on when Luck was still healthy, it was clear that he couldn’t separate from his defender and had a lot of passes batted away. It’s tough bc he had been such a force for so long, but I think the Colts took a 1 year gamble and it didn’t pan out. To be fair, the 2nd half of the season was a mess…great WR and maybe he can get one more shot as a 3rd option on another team.

  18. Not sure why everyone keeps saying Patriots. He doesn’t fit them at all. They want a big guy on the outside who can get vertical with small quick guys running rubs/drags inside. At this point Johnson is a fit for the Giants/Packers type offense. As a #2 who plays outside and uses his bigger body on slants and fades. Good fits would be Packers, Giants, Chiefs, and probably the Browns with Hue Jackson now the coach.

  19. Not sure I’m following here. Clearly at his age, the “speed” would be diminishing/gone. But since when has he ever had an issue with not having good “hands”?
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    videotape of Colts games. That’s where I got my information. I love Andre Johnson, but dropped balls are equivalent to turnovers. Maybe he was trying to learn a new system. Maybe he was getting adjusted to new QBs. There might have been distractions. I can’t speak to that. Pagano and Johnson are very close. Why waste the guy’s last couple years sitting on the bench?

  20. What ever happened to “the Colts upgraded with Andre Johnson and Frank Gore and they will get the first seed in the AFC”.

    It certainly wasn’t the best that Luck was hurt for most of the season, but the preseason hype never made sense to me. These guys were still capable NFL players, but far from superstars and far from the answer to winning the AFC.

  21. I’d love to see him get another year so he can beat down that loudmouthed Josh Norman and Cortland Finnegan (again).

  22. How else are the Colts going to make room for the other 55 Wide Receivers they intend on playing next year?

  23. It’s kind of sad to see a former great struggle to stay in the league. And Andre Johnson struggled last year, he’s not good enough any more. Hang em up Andre.

  24. It’s always a shame when one of the greats has their entire career mired in mediocrity or worse with a poor team.
    This is why top drafted players should not resign after their rookie contract when they’re on the Texans, Cowboys, Falcons, Browns, Dolphins, Titans, Bucs, Vikings, Rams, Jags, Bills, Redskins, Chargers, and Bears.

  25. “There is still at least 2 years worth of tread left on those tires”. As the legendary Bill Parcells like to say about recycled vets. But seriously! As one poster indicated above. This guy is still blazing fast. And he is tall & muscular. 4.27 speed in the 40 doesn’t just evaporate away. Until an athlete is well beyond his training & conditioning routines. Neither does height. Old age over 50 whittles that down a few inches. He has played in dreadful QB situations in Houston and Indy. Sorry Luck & Hass fans. The jury is still out on one. And closed on the other. So what does it mean for him? Go to a contender with a great QB for a last 2 year ride. He should target Green Bay, New England, Seattle, Carolina, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cincinnati. All would be great spots for his unique talents. That are really still there.

  26. I hope my Chiefs sign either Johnson, Roddy White or Colston. One of them would be an upgrade over current #2 wideouts we have.

  27. He’s never had what I would call “good hands”, and over his last couple of years in Houston, he seemed to have a number of concentration lapses. Perfectly catchable balls were dropped, several in the end zone.

    His speed has dropped off. Maybe not that much yet, but where it’s most noticeable is at the line of scrimmage. You need that quick acceleration coming off the line, and where he used to get past a defensive back at the snap, or get separation right after the catch, now they’re able to stick with him.

    He also seems to have played like a man on fire the last couple seasons in Houston. He’d make the catch, and then it was Stop, Drop, and Roll. He might have added 200-300 more yards, and maybe a few more touchdowns to his stats if not for that.

    Ironically, he had the same sort of season for the Colts that Bill O’Brien envisioned for him in Houston: 40-50 catches .

  28. He will find a spot somewhere. Lots of teams need 3rd, 4th receivers. He could easily fit in for CLE or 49ers if he does not need a SB contender. But I’m sure a contender can find a spot for him.

  29. Best thing that could happen to him. Run away and don’t look back. He could probably use a delousing, too.

  30. Agree that AJ didn’t play on great teams or with a great QB, but “someone” threw all those balls he caught. And while he has lost a step, his hands are fine! Some team will take a look at him.

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