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Andre Johnson Thought About Signing With Dolphins


According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Indianapolis Colts wideout Andre Johnson thought about signing with the Miami Dolphins before agreeing to a 3-year, $21 million dollar contract to play in horseshoe blue:

"“Playing for the Dolphins ‘was something I thought about,’ Johnson told me at the recent UM Hall of Fame fishing tournament in Islamorada. “I always had a dream of playing at home. I was a huge Dolphins fan. But they never called.”“Even though playing here (Miami) appealed to him, Johnson said he’s not angry with the Dolphins because ‘I understand the business side. I have a good situation’ in Indianapolis, which signed him for three years and $21 million.”"

Despite the Dolphins being competitive but likely not a contender, it still would’ve made sense from Johnson’s perspective. He’s a Miami, Florida native and played his collegiate football at the “U” in Miami (Fla.), so it would’ve served as a homecoming before hanging up his cleats for good.

Jun 9, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson (81) runs with the ball after making a catch during minicamp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

However, it doesn’t appear the interest was exactly mutual from the Dolphins side. The team passed on the soon-to-be 34 year old wideout and traded for Kenny Stills, drafted DeVante Parker, and signed Greg Jennings instead to upgrade the position.

Still, it probably was the best move if Johnson is serious about hoisting the Lombardi Trophy come February. The Dolphins may have added Ndamukong Suh for their defense, but the trade-off between Ryan Tannehill and Andrew Luck at starting quarterback is enormous.

When one also factors in the addition of his longtime friend in Frank Gore to Indianapolis, and it appears that the Colts have the better look of a contender, while also providing Johnson with a comfort zone of their own.

Johnson knows that he doesn’t have many seasons in the NFL likely left, so no one can reasonably blame him for considering going home before his career ends. However, from a winning championships perspective, it appears the better shot is with the Colts, who are clearly happy to have him on board.

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