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80 Andre Johnson WR
Height/Weight: 6-3/230 | Birthdate: 7/11/1981 | Birthplace: Miami, FL, USA | Team: Indianapolis | College: Miami (Fla.) | NFL Experience: 12 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 45.31
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Colts newcomers Andre Johnson, Frank Gore fitting in fine


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Colts skill position newcomers Andre Johnson and Frank Gore have already shown a "relatively smooth" transition to their new team, Chuck Pagano told ESPN.

The wide receiver and running back performed so well in OTA work Wednesday that Pagano claimed that it appeared they had been with the organization for years.

"Pretty seamless," Pagano said about their work. "They don't miss a beat as far as the playbook goes, knowing what to do. Every time I see them in the huddle, break a huddle, to me it looks like they're going the right direction. They're lining up right. They're very talented, talented guys. They fit right into the locker room. They're professionals. ... They're not talkers. They're workers, they're doers."

Both veterans, however, have shown signs that their best days are behind them. The 33-year-old Johnson failed to reach 1,000 yards receiving last season for Houston for the first time in his last seven full seasons. The 32-year-old Gore managed another 1,000-yard performance in 2014, but his total was its lowest of any in a full season since 2008.


WR Andre Johnson: Luck 'probably' the best QB he's played with


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/22/2015) Wide receiver Andre Johnson, in his first year with the Colts, said Wednesday that Andrew Luck is "probably the best quarterback I've ever played with," which makes sense given the rotating cast of signal-callers who threw passes to Johnson while he was with the Texans. 

Johnson, 33, joined the Colts this offseason after 12 campaigns in Houston, where he recorded 1,012 receptions, 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns to become one of the NFL's elite receivers. 


WR Andre Johnson: I didn't join Colts for revenge against Texans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Perennial Pro Bowl wideout Andre Johnson insists that he did not sign as a free agent with the Colts with two matchups against his old Texans team in mind. He claims the move was because Indianapolis, led by quarterback Andrew Luck, gives him the best chance to win.

Johnson was surprisingly released by Houston, but revenge was not part of his game plan.

"(Leaving the Texans) hasn't even really set in," he told the Houston Chronicle. "I was just talking about that with someone (Thursday). Everybody thinks that I went to the Colts to try and get back at the Texans and stuff like that. That had nothing to do with it. I just went to the ... place where I felt was the best fit for me and where I can have a chance to win a championship.

"It wasn't about circling (game) dates or nothing against the Texans. I had 12 great years here. Been around some great people, built some great relationships, a lot of great friends. Houston's always going to be my home."

Johnson remained productive in 2014, but his yards-per-catch average declined to 11.0, its lowest since 2005.


Colts' Chuck Pagano said Andre Johnson will be matchup problem


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Colts coach Chuck Pagano seems excited to have receiver Andre Johnson at his disposal for the coming season. 

Via ESPN.com, Pagano gushed over Johnson's ability as a pass-catcher. Though he may not have many years left to play at an NFL level, Pagano certainly believes the 6-3, 230-pound wideout can be extremely successful in his offense. 

"He's got a big catch radius," Pagano said. "But again, the contested catches that you see on tape. It's very difficult to match up. There are few corners in the league that have length and size to match up but most are aren't on that size and they get pushed around a little bit."

Johnson's addition to Indianapolis comes after recording 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns during his time with the Texans. Since being taken third overall in the 2003 draft, Johnson, 33, has spent in his entire career with Houston, reaching the postseason only twice.

Now, in the later stage of his career, he joins a team fresh off of an AFC Championship appearance. And if teams want to roll coverages to T.Y. Hilton, then Johnson will make them pay, Pagano said. 

"Certainly somebody (who's) an opponent can't just line up and say, 'Don't worry about Andre Johnson.' They're still going to have to tend to him if you will," Pagano said. "If they choose to double (Hilton) and take him out of the game, you have another guy on the other side, along with the rest of the guys on the roster who can still stretch the defense. He's a big, possession type guy. He makes contested catches in traffic."


Pagano: Andre Johnson brings a 'big, physical presence' to Colts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Colts coach Chuck Pagano sees wide receiver Andre Johnson as a big presence underneath for the team's offense, adding a complementary piece to the speed of T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, ESPN.com reports.

"He's a big body guy that can still separate, create separation," Pagano said. "He's got a big catch radius. But again, the contested catches that you see on tape. It's very difficult to match up. There are few corners in the league that have length and size to match up but most are aren't on that size and they get pushed around a little bit. He's going to be able to bring that big, physical presence to us."

Johnson managed just 936 yards and three touchdowns on 85 receptions in 15 games in 2014, marking the first time he's played at least 10 games but not reached 1,000 yards since 2005. However, Pagano doesn't think Johnson has taken a step back.

"You don't see a huge dropoff numbers-wise," Pagano said. "Maybe in touchdowns. But you still see a guy who is more than capable of stretching the defense. Certainly somebody who an opponent can't just line up and say, 'Don't worry about Andre Johnson.' They're still going to have to tend to him if you will. If they choose to double [Hilton] and take him out of the game, you have another guy on the other side, along with the rest of the guys on the roster who can still stretch the defense. He's a big, possession type guy. He makes contested catches in traffic. He's got a big catch radius. A big body. Those guys are hard to defend."


Ex-Texans WR Andre Johnson signs with the Colts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Andre Johnson announced that he's signed with the Colts on Wednesday, per his social media account. His deal will be worth $21 million over three years, per CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

He will be reunited with coach Chuck Pagano and associate coach Rob Chudzinski, who were in the University of Miami's coaching staff when Johnson was in college. Johnson will also join former UM running back Frank Gore, who was signed by the Colts on Tuesday.

Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Texans on Monday. Last season he caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three touchdowns. He left Houston as the all-time franchise leader in receptions (1,012), receiving yards (13,597) and receiving touchdowns (64).

He'll get to face Houston twice per season.

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Andre Johnson visits Colts; Seven other teams interested


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Andre Johnson's first visit this offseason came with the Colts, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on Wednesday.

Although Frank Gore signed with Indianapolis, and a chance remains that Johnson joins him there since he has ties with coach Chuck Pagano and associate coach Rob Chudzinski on the staff, La Canfora reports that there are seven other teams interested in his services.

Johnson, who was cut by the Texans on Monday, is expected to take his time before signing with a new team. His brother took to Twitter recently to list the Patriots, Colts, Seahawks, and Packers as his preferred destinations.

Johnson was the Texans' all-time leader in receptions (1,012), receiving yards (13,597) and receiving touchdowns (64). Last season he caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three touchdowns.


Reports: Colts eyeing UM reunion with Johnson, Gore, Wilfork?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) It appears as if the Colts are on the verge of locking up former University of Miami wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Frank Gore, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL Media on Tuesday.

Both players have ties with coach Chuck Pagano and associate coach Rob Chudzinski on the staff, dating back to their days at Miami. The Colts could also vie for nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who spent his collegiate days at Miami, according to the Tribune-Star.

Gore recently pulled back from a three-year free agent agreement with the Eagles after he was cut by San Francisco. According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Gore backed out because was concerned with Chip Kelly's "overbearing approach." The 31-year-old rushed 1,106 yards on 255 carries and four touchdowns in 2014, adding 111 yards and one touchdown on 11 receptions.

Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Texans on Monday. He was the team's all-time leader in receptions (1,012), receiving yards (13,597) and receiving touchdowns (64). Last season he caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots declined Wilfork's team option on March 5, making him a free agent on Tuesday. Wilfork posted 47 tackles and one interception in 2014. He has registered 516 combined tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries and three interceptions through 11 seasons with the Patriots.

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Andre Johnson eyeing Patriots, Colts, Seahawks, Packers?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Andre Johnson's brother took to Twitter to list the four teams the former Texans wide out would be interested in playing for: The Patriots, Colts, Seahawks, and Packers, per ESPN.

Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Texans on Monday. He was the team's all-time leader in receptions (1,012), receiving yards (13,597) and receiving touchdowns (64). Last season he caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three touchdowns.


Texans release Andre Johnson


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) As expected, the Texans announced that the team has cut ties with wide receiver Andre Johnson on Monday. 

Johnson is a seven-time Pro Bowl player and the team's all-time leader in most receiving categories. 

“After exhausting all options of a possible trade, we informed Andre Johnson that he would be released today,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith said. “No player in the history of this franchise has represented the team, city and community in a more professional way. Andre is a Hall of Fame caliber player and we appreciate his years of service and contributions to our team.”

Johnson would have cost $16.1 million against the team's salary cap this year. 


Report: Texans to cut Andre Johnson on Monday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/9/2015) The Texans will cut the franchise's most accomplished offensive player, wideout Andre Johnson, on Monday, reports NBC4 in Washington. Johnson, 33, has two years and $21.5 million left on his contract, making it difficult to trade him.

Johnson has been unhappy with the team's direction. Recently he said coach Bill O'Brien told him he'd have a reduced role in 2015.

While Johnson is not the star he once was, he can still be highly productive. Last season he caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three touchdowns. Look for a slew of teams to make a play for him.


Report: Texans eyeing Maclin, Cobb, Smith to replace Andre Johnson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) The Texans have targeted Jeremy Maclin, Randall Cobb and Torrey Smith as possible replacements for veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson once free agency begins on Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Maclin posted a career season in 2014 with 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. Smith, 26, caught a career-high 11 touchdowns last season. Cobb set career highs last year with 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.

The Texans aren't expected to cut Johnson until they're unable to trade him this offseason.

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Andre Johnson's agent asks Texans to cut him


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/4/2015) Andre Johnson's agent, Kennard McGuire, told Pro Football Talk he asked the Texans to cut the disgruntled wideout, rather than try to trade him. Johnson said he was told by coach Bill O'Brien last week that the team envisioned him in a reduced role in 2015.

Johnson, 33, has two years and $21.5 million left on his contract. He has spent his entire 12-year career with Houston, racking up 1,012 catches for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns.

Assuming he is released, Johnson is expected to try to latch on with a Super Bowl contender. He's appeared in four playoff games without reaching a Super Bowl.

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Andre Johnson said he laughed when told he wasn't full-time starter


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/3/2015) Disgruntled Texans wideout Andre Johnson said coach Bill O'Brien told him last week that the team didn't consider Johnson a likely starter any more, reports the Houston Chronicle. Johnson, who caught a team-high 85 passes last year, also said O'Brien also told him the Texans anticipated him catching about 40 balls this season.

"I just laughed," Johnson told the paper. "They gave me my role, and I just laughed at them. How do you tell a guy who is used to catching 80 balls a year that he was going to catch 40?"

Johnson added he was "floored" about the comment that he probably wasn't a full-time starter. "I don't feel like there is a guy on that team that can outplay me or outwork me," Johnson said. "I mean, who am I going to play behind?

"So I was real honest with him: 'If that's your role for me, you're going to be dealing with a miserable football player.'"

The relationship between Johnson and the team has deteriorated to the point that Houston is expected to cut Johnson if it can't trade him. Johnson, 33, is the franchise's most accomplished player, with 1,012 career catches for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns.

He's scheduled to make $10.5 million and count $16.1 million against the cap this season.


Report: Texans' Andre Johnson given permission to seek trade


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Wide receiver Andre Johnson has been given permission by the Texans to seek a trade, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle

The Texans told Johnson that he'd have a reduced role this upcoming season opposite of DeAndre Hopkins. Therefore, Johnson wanted out of his deal. If a trade cannot be made with a suitor, Johnson will be released

Johnson was the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft and is the greatest player in the history of the Texans. He's recorded 1,012 catches, 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns in his career.

A trade could be difficult, however, based on Johnson's upcoming $16.1 million cap figure and $10.5 million base salary for the 2015 season. 


Report: Texans want WR Andre Johnson to take pay cut


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Receiver Andre Johnson has long been a staple of the Texans organization. But if he's unwilling to renegotiate his current contract, there's a chance Houston will part ways with him. 

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Texans could cut Johnson if he's unwilling to take a pay cut. Johnson is due a $10.5 million base salary and is carrying a cap figure of over $16.1 million. Cutting Johnson would save the Texans $8.825 million in cap space. 

Johnson played in 15 games a year ago and caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three touchdowns. A 12-year veteran, Johnson was taken with the third overall pick by Houston in the 2003 draft. 


Texans' O'Brien: We don't want Andre Johnson to play anywhere else


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Texans general manager Rick Smith told reporters that Larry Fitzgerald's restructured deal won't impact Andre Johnson's situation in Houston. Coach Bill O'Brien also backed up Smith's comments, reiterating that the team wants Johnson to retire as a Texan.

"We don't want him to play anywhere else. He's a Houston Texan," O'Brien said, per the team's official website.

Johnson, 33, appeared in 15 games in 2014, but had his arguably his worst statistical season. He finished with 85 catches for 936 yards and three touchdowns. He is due to make $10.5 million in 2015, and $11 million in 2016 before becoming a free agent in 2017.


DeAndre Hopkins in elite company after two seasons


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/3/2015) DeAndre Hopkins' first two seasons compare favorably to those of his teammate, Andre Johnson, the greatest player in Texans' history, notes the team's website.

Hopkins has caught 128 passes for 2,012 yards and eight touchdowns while playing with a carousel of quarterbacks. In Johnson's first two years, playing mainly with quarterback David Carr, he hauled in 145 balls for 2,118 yards and 10 scores.

Hopkins bested Johnson in yards per catch (15.7 to 14.6) but had 360 fewer yards after the catch.

Hopkins won't turn 23 until June. With Johnson slowing down at age 33 -- he averaged 62.4 receiving yards, lowest since 2005 -- Hopkins enters 2015 as the team's most explosive option, a solid bet to lead Houston in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.


Texans WR Johnson finally hits 100 in Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Texans premier wide receiver Andre Johnson avoided his first year without a 100-yard game by exceeding that mark Sunday against Jacksonville.

Johnson caught 10 passes for 134 yards and an 8-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. He was shut out thereafter.

He finishes the season with 85 catches for 936 yards.


Texans list lengthy injury report for Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Texans have listed tight end Garrett Graham (ankle), inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (concussion), wide receiver DeVier Posey (calf) and quarterback Tom Savage (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.

Meanwhile, guard Brandon Brooks (knee, ankle), tackle Tyson Clabo (shoulder), inside linebacker Brian Cushing (ankle), tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (shoulder), running back Arian Foster (rest), wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (wrist), cornerback Kareem Jackson (back), wide receiver Andre Johnson (rest), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle), outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (back, finger), nose tackle Ryan Pickett (groin), guard Xavier Su'a-Filo (back) and inside linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (knee) were all labeled as probable.


Texans WR Andre Johnson catches 1,000th pass of career


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson became the 10th player in NFL history to record 1,000 catches in his career during the Texans’ 25-13 win over the Ravens Sunday.

Johnson finished with six receptions for 65 yards on a team-high 13 targets. Johnson has yet to surpass more than 100 receiving yards in a game this season and was held scoreless for the second consecutive game.

Johnson was listed as probable heading into the game while dealing with a concussion.

The Texans host the Jaguars Week 17.


Texans declare Andre Johnson, Arian Foster active vs. Ravens


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) The Texans announced their inactives for Sunday’s game against the Ravens and wide receiver Andre Johnson (concussion) and running back Arian Foster (hip) are active.

The following players are inactive: Tom Savage, Mike Mohamed, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Garrett Graham, DeVier Posey, Josh Aubrey and Jason Ankrah.

The Texans are 6 1/2-point underdogs.


Texans list Andre Johnson, Arian Foster as probable for Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Texas listed wide receiver Andre Johnson (concussion) and running back Arian Foster (hip) as probable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

Both Johnson and Foster were able to fully participate in Friday’s practice.

The following players are also listed as probable: Tyson Clabo, Brian Cushing, Akeem Dent, Kareem Jackson, Johnathan Joseph, Whitney Mercilus, DeVier Posey and Jeff Tarpinian .

The Texans listed Garrett Graham (ankle), Mike Mohamed (concussion), Tom Savage (knee) and Xavier Su’a-Filo (back) as out.

The Texans are 5-point underdogs.


Texans WR Johnson appears ready to roll for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Texans standout wideout Andre Johnson has passed concussion protocol and seems set to return to game action against visiting Baltimore on Sunday.

Johnson, who missed the Week 15 loss to Indianapolis, needs 267 yards receiving in the last two games to reach 1,000 for the third consecutive season.


Texans WR Johnson back on practice field Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has taken a step forward toward his goal of playing Sunday against Baltimore by practicing Wednesday.

He missed the Week 15 game against Indianapolis with a concussion.