Andre Johnson to Titans: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson (81) leaves the field at the end of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Colts defeated the Dolphins 18-12.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Thirteen-year NFL veteran Andre Johnson has watched his production decline sharply over the past two seasons, but he won't let that stand in the way of a return to the gridiron.

The Titans confirmed that they agreed to terms on a deal with Johnson on July 29 after Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported the agreement. Schefter added that it's a two-year deal.

On Wednesday, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reported that the contract "gives [the] Titans an out for [2017]." McCormick reported the base salary is $985,000 and $2 million next year. Johnson's deal also has a $500,000 roster bonus on the third day of the league year in 2017 and a per-game active bonus of "up to $250,000" per McCormick.

Following 12 seasons with the Houston Texans, Johnson latched on with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015 for a season defined by instability under center.

Injuries hampered quarterback Andrew Luck all season long, and the team's receiving corps was in a tough spot with a rotating cast of characters that included Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Whitehurst and Josh Freeman working behind a shaky offensive line.

All told, Johnson finished the season with 41 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns while working as a supplementary option on the outside.

Andre Johnson's Stats Since 2010
SeasonGamesTargetsReceptionsRec. YdsTD
201013138861,2168
2011751334922
2012161621121,5984
2013161811091,4075
201415146859363
20151677415034
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

Despite the statistical slippage, Johnson remained determined to continue his illustrious NFL career.

"I'm just training right now and just waiting for an opportunity," he said in April, per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. "When that comes I'll take advantage of it."

That opportunity came in the form of an offer from the Titans, which means Johnson will suit up for his third AFC South team in as many years this fall.

The 35-year-old likely won't be more than a complementary piece for quarterback Marcus Mariota with Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham and tight end Delanie Walker all occupying prominent places within the passing game, but he can add value in other areas.

Namely, he can serve as a positive presence in the locker room for a team that's attempting to take a step forward following a 3-13 finish in 2015.

While Johnson may not be a game-changer for the Titans, he will give them some insurance. Even though he won't light up box scores week after week, the acclaimed pass-catcher is a positive locker room influence who brings a loaded resume to town.

"I don't have a problem pulling a young guy to the side if he does something wrong," Johnson said in March 2015, according to Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official website.

Johnson doesn't resemble the seven-time Pro Bowl field-tilting presence who once blew the tops off opposing defenses, but his crisp route running and strong hands should serve as a nice safety blanket as he seeks to close out his career in impressive fashion.

   

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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