Colts Chopping Block: 5 Potential Cap Casualties

Aug 16, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson (81) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 16, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson (81) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 3, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts receiver Andre Johnson (81) reacts after making a touchdown catch against Tennessee Titans cornerback B.W. Webb (not pictured) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts receiver Andre Johnson (81) reacts after making a touchdown catch against Tennessee Titans cornerback B.W. Webb (not pictured) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports /

Andre Johnson, Wide Receiver

2016 Cap Hit: $7.5M

Potential “Dead Money” if Released: $2.5M

Total 2016 Cap Savings if Released: $5M

Summary: If I were a betting man, I’d be surprised if Andre Johnson returns to the Colts next season. The 13-year veteran will turn 35 years old in July and is coming off the worst statistical season of his career, as he only managed 41 receptions for 503 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns.

At such a high price tag, it’s hard for the team to justify paying Johnson such a pretty penny, when there are other more significant needs on the roster to address with those funds.

Not to mention, the team currently has two young and talented wideouts Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett to effectively replace him.

In the twilight of his career, Johnson could likely remain a complementary wideout for a team for another season or two. That team likely won’t be the Colts anymore however.

There just wasn’t enough from Johnson on tape to warrant the Colts paying him $7.5M in 2016. Johnson failed to show much separation in his routes or rapport with his starting quarterbacks.

As a result, he’ll likely be playing next season elsewhere or opt to retire–ending his future Hall of Fame career all together.