In his time with the Houston Texans, Andre Johnson became one of the most productive wide receivers in the league. However, in 2015 the Texans informed Johnson that he would have less of a role in the offensive scheme, but would not take a pay cut. The decision did not sit well with Johnson and he decided to seek employment elsewhere. Johnson signed with the Indianapolis Colts and had an unproductive 2015 season.
In early March, Johnson was released by the Colts after only one season with the team.
After being released by the Colts, Johnson made it clear that he wanted to play one more season in the NFL, but so far, no other teams have showed interest in signing him.
During a break at the NFL Owner’s spring meetings on Monday, Texans owner Bob McNair said that he would love to have Johnson back to retire as a Texan. That was always the plan for Johnson.
In an interview with the Houston Chronicle in 2014, Johnson said that he would love to play his entire career with the Texans and retire in Houston.
“I only wanted to play 10 years,” Johnson said. “You know, football careers are very short. You never know how things are going to go, as far as injuries and stuff like that.”
Johnson has played 13 seasons in the NFL, 12 as a Texan and one as a Colt.
With Johnson wanting to play one last season, and McNair urging Johnson to retire a Texan, why not bring Johnson in as a backup wide receiver to Texans starter Deandre Hopkins?
Johnson has only been gone for one season and could easily recall and relearn plays from the Texans playbook. Former Texans wide receiver, Nate Washington, has already signed with the New England Patriots, and the Texans will need to replenish the depth at that position.
In his 12 seasons with the Texans, Johnson had over 1,000 receptions, over 13,500 yards, and 64 touchdowns.