Colts' Andre Johnson Contemplating Retirement

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Feb 24, 2016 10:33 AM EST
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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson has reportedly played his last snap in Indianapolis and is contemplating retirement. "

Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson's first season in Indianapolis didn't go as planned, as the veteran wide receiver posted a career low in receiving yards for playing a full 16-game season. The Colts missed the playoffs with an 8-8 record, and Johnson struggled to find chemistry in Indianapolis' offense with multiple changes at quarterback.

The Colts receiver is expected to be released this offseason, but he may not be searching for a new team, as he is contemplating retirement, according to NFL reporter Ian Rapoport. The Colts may look to cut Johnson if he chooses not to retire, but they would have to endure a $7.5 million cap hit.  At one point Johnson was considered one of the top-tier receivers in the league, and he has recorded seven 1,000-plus-yard receiving seasons in a 14-year NFL career.

The NFL could lose two dominant receivers from the past decade in both Johnson and Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. No official decision has been made, but after 14 seasons, 1,053 receptions, and 68 touchdowns the talented receiver may look to hang his cleats up.

Andre Johnson spent the first 13 seasons of his career in Houston and is considered one of the all-time greats to put on a Texans' uniform. If Johnson decides not to retire some would like to see him return to Houston, but it would likely have to be at the right price, as the Texans' front office won't want to overpay for the veteran receiver. Even if Johnson decides to call it a career it would be surprising to see him sign a one-day contract with the team and officially retire a Texan.

Johnson sits ninth on the NFL's all-time career receiving leaders list with 14,100 yards, and given the different quarterbacks he's played with in his career, it makes his numbers only more astounding. Johnson may be done playing football, but will always be remembered as one of the all-time greats and likely won't have to wait long until he receives a call from Canton.

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