Andre Johnson’s Agent Refutes Talks of Retirement
According to the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson‘s agent Kennard McGuire has refuted an earlier report that his client has talked of potential retirement:
"“Retirement hasn’t been discussed,” McGuire said. “Andre is training and preparing for next season.”"
The 14-year veteran endured one of his least productive seasons in his first and perhaps only year with the Colts, as he had 41 receptions for 503 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns.
Like other Colts receivers, Johnson struggled in Andrew Luck‘s absence, as the latter missed 9 games because of injury.
However, Johnson failed to showed much separation in his routes and rapport with Colts quarterbacks as a whole–largely becoming an afterthought in the offense.
The Colts could save $5M by releasing Johnson, and it seems like a foregone conclusion given the other more glaring needs on the roster that such funds could be allocated elsewhere to.
Not to mention, the Colts already have two talented young wideouts Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett that seem poised for bigger roles next season.
Set to turn 35 years old in July, Johnson’s best days are already behind him, and he’s clearly in the twilight of his career. That’s not to say he can’t help a team as a complementary wideout lower on the depth chart, but he’s not worth his current price-tag for the Colts.
The Colts are likely hoping that Johnson does indeed retire, so that the franchise doesn’t have to uncomfortably release the future Hall of Famer.
For Johnson, it would be consecutive seasons in which he’s been released by an NFL team, as he was cut last offseason by his longtime team the Houston Texans.