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Colts tell Andre Johnson he’s cut

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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.

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56 Responses to “Colts tell Andre Johnson he’s cut”
  1. wilkisoft says: Mar 4, 2016 9:13 AM

    Next stop…New England.

  2. steelerben says: Mar 4, 2016 9:15 AM

    This has “one year deal with New England” written all over it.

  3. djlowe1995 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:19 AM

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

  4. raidersfanonsuicidewatch says: Mar 4, 2016 9:20 AM

    I’m sure the Colts will use their 1st round draft pick on a wide receiver to replace him.

  5. mcjon22 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:21 AM

    It sure was a great decision by Irsay to keep that GM…😂

  6. 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.

  7. noleitup says: Mar 4, 2016 9:23 AM

    I hate the Patriots but thats his best option. Maybe the Panthers.

  8. rob471773 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:25 AM

    He’s been washed up for two years. As a Patriot fan I hope BB passes on this.

  9. ocgunslinger says: Mar 4, 2016 9:27 AM

    NE needs a speed burner at WR. Past his time.

  10. DawgPound83 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:32 AM

    make sure he doesnt wrap that cut in a sweaty tshirt. He’ll get staph.

  11. kneedragr says: Mar 4, 2016 9:35 AM

    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.

  12. fordmandalay says: Mar 4, 2016 9:36 AM

    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.

  13. 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.

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 2dimesandanickelback says: Mar 4, 2016 9:40 AM

    Just imagine what this guy could have done with a decent QB throwing to him. The stats don’t even touch how fun it was to watch Andre in his prime.

  16. ttommytom says: Mar 4, 2016 9:42 AM

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

    Next stop Canton…

  17. publikwerks says: Mar 4, 2016 9:44 AM

    I could totally see NE taking a chance with him after cutting LaFell.

    And he’ll be cheap, so even better

  18. billytodd2013blbaad says: Mar 4, 2016 9:45 AM

    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..

  19. Big Ant TV says: Mar 4, 2016 9:47 AM

    he will be in new england or either cleveland come april/may

  20. wallabear says: Mar 4, 2016 9:51 AM

    “In my mind, I’m goin’ to Cam-rolina…”

  21. gacoltfan says: Mar 4, 2016 9:53 AM

    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.
    ——————————————————

    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.

  22. mazenblue says: Mar 4, 2016 9:54 AM

    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?

  23. rolltide510 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:58 AM

    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.

  24. terripet says: Mar 4, 2016 10:02 AM

    Next should be toler

  25. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 4, 2016 10:03 AM

    ……..bring him in to Philadelphia to mentor our group of young WR’s. He would also give a Bradford a nice veteran too.

  26. collectordude says: Mar 4, 2016 10:04 AM

    Good but not great WR.
    Needs to retire.

  27. jtylert says: Mar 4, 2016 10:06 AM

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

    HOF nod just for the beating he put on Cortland Finnegan

  28. 2ruefan says: Mar 4, 2016 10:10 AM

    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.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    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”?

  29. draftrobot says: Mar 4, 2016 10:19 AM

    I can’t believe the 2015 Dream Team didn’t work out.

  30. laces out says: Mar 4, 2016 10:21 AM

    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

  31. publikwerks says: Mar 4, 2016 10:23 AM

    ocgunslinger says:
    Mar 4, 2016 9:27 AM
    NE needs a speed burner at WR. Past his time.
    ——————————————————————–

    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

  32. bradygirl12 says: Mar 4, 2016 10:24 AM

    It’s hard to be successful on a team that was a hot mess all year. I think he still has a little gas left in the tank.

  33. smokehouse56 says: Mar 4, 2016 10:30 AM

    I agree with many comments. This has a NE footprint. Good move for him and the Pats.

  34. finchy74 says: Mar 4, 2016 10:43 AM

    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.

  35. gp1390r says: Mar 4, 2016 10:53 AM

    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.

  36. mongo3401 says: Mar 4, 2016 10:55 AM

    If you do not have an offensive line how does your QB get the ball to anyone.

  37. mikey6480 says: Mar 4, 2016 11:01 AM

    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.

  38. charliecharger says: Mar 4, 2016 11:02 AM

    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?

  39. bullcharger says: Mar 4, 2016 11:11 AM

    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.

  40. annes22 says: Mar 4, 2016 11:14 AM

    Come home to Miami, that would be nice.

  41. clbrwns says: Mar 4, 2016 11:22 AM

    Cleveland to help keep Josh Gordon’s head on straight. Should cost MUCH less than than Bowe who we didn’t use!

  42. granadafan says: Mar 4, 2016 11:33 AM

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

  43. upscaleman says: Mar 4, 2016 11:54 AM

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

  44. edavidberg says: Mar 4, 2016 12:25 PM

    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.

  45. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 4, 2016 12:26 PM

    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.

  46. bigbamboom1 says: Mar 4, 2016 12:44 PM

    “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.

  47. troylok says: Mar 4, 2016 12:59 PM

    I wonder if he would accept a move to tight end.

  48. kcflake says: Mar 4, 2016 1:00 PM

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

  49. golfdaddy1961 says: Mar 4, 2016 1:16 PM

    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 .

  50. nflgtcfl says: Mar 4, 2016 1:43 PM

    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.

  51. pbeddoe says: Mar 4, 2016 3:27 PM

    Well he isn’t a criminal or a head case, so that rules him out in Dallas and Jerr-uh “worst owner in sports” Jones…

  52. pats are better than your team says: Mar 4, 2016 4:01 PM

    41/503/4
    In Indy, that qualifies for a banner

  53. coltzfan166 says: Mar 4, 2016 4:22 PM

    Good. Now let’s sign some linemen that can protect Andrew. And let’s start with Alex Mack

  54. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 4, 2016 5:38 PM

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

  55. nflinsider711 says: Mar 5, 2016 12:24 PM

    He should consider a move to Tight End. I think it could extend his career.

  56. dualprime says: Mar 5, 2016 5:31 PM

    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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