The Indianapolis Colts have reportedly told wide receiver Andre Johnson that he will be released today.
To the surprise of no one, the Colts are parting ways with 13-year veteran receiver Andre Johnson. The move will save the Colts roughly $5 million in cap space and isn’t likely to be the last one they make today or in the coming days before free agency begins next Thursday.
There will be an official confirmation later, but given that the report is coming from Adam Schefter, you know it’s good (not like we need pictures of confidential documents or anything).
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Johnson never really seemed to fit in with the Colts and was unable to get into a rhythm with the team, in part due to Andrew Luck‘s early struggles and subsequent injuries. At the same time, Johnson has clearly lost a step and anyone who watched him in camp could see that he couldn’t get separation from corners who didn’t make the final roster.
Johnson finished last year with 41 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns. His best game of the season came against his former team and when the Colts desperately needed someone to step up on a short week in Houston.
The Colts have talked a lot about getting younger and this is a step in that direction. Before last season this seemed like a great signing as the Colts had a lot of young talent but needed a veteran presence to replace Reggie Wayne. Even though Johnson is three years younger, he looked worse on the field than Wayne did in his final year.
There are a few more players the team can release to save cap space, and we’ll keep you updated.