Faced with seeing both his role and his salary decrease in 2015, Andre Johnson decided to call time on his Houston Texans career, and the organization released him Monday. Following his release, he opted to join the Indianapolis Colts.
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Johnson Signs With Colts
Wednesday, March 11
Johnson confirmed on his Instagram account that he signed a deal with the Colts:
Earlier, Mike Chappell of RTV6 reported that Johnson would meet with the Colts today as he explores his options.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com first reported that Johnson and Frank Gore discussed a potential move to Indianapolis, which caused the running back to change his mind about going to the Philadelphia Eagles and to sign with the Colts on Tuesday.
On March 3, Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole reported that the Colts have interest in Johnson and that the interest is mutual:
Johnson Released from Texans
Monday, March 9
Andre Johnson was officially released by the Texans, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Team Stream Now immediately broke down the best potential landing spots for the veteran receiver:
Johnson previously spoke to Josina Anderson of ESPN about whether he should have had the right to finish his career with the team that drafted him:
The funny thing is that when (a player) asks to be traded or something, people get on you about honoring your contract. But when you've done a lot for an organization and they feel like you get old, then they don't have to honor their contract. I don't get where they come up with this honoring your contract when you're very very productive and you are doing great things for them....I don't know a lot of guys in the league that catch 85 balls and have almost 1,000 yards that that's a down year for them. But you have a year like that and then it's 'well your old, we want to reduce your role,' and all this stuff--I don't get that. But that's the nature of the business. Like I said, it doesn't make sense. It doesn't make sense to a lot of people. That's just the way it is. I expected it to happen and I don't have any ill feelings against the Texans organization.
On March 4, Johnson's agent, Kennard McGuire, told ProFootballTalk that he had asked the Texans to cut the wide receiver and will not pursue a trade.
On March 3, McGuire discussed Johnson's situation with Nick Wright and John Lopez on In The Loop on SportsRadio 610. He offered some perspective on the matter and also denied that Johnson requested a trade, via CBS Houston:
Andre did not, in the last couple of days, go in and ask for a trade. Certain things were expressed to [Andre] in which he didn't agree with. And at that point in time permission was thusly granted to seek an opportunity elsewhere. That was not something that we asked for. That was something that was presented to us.
The contractual matters never did come up. The only thing that was discussed was the roll and that was in fact that there would be a reduced role.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported on March 2 that Johnson asked to be traded after learning he would have a reduced role next season.