By Nick Shook
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Andre Johnson‘s AFC South odyssey now includes a third stop.
The former University of Miami star receiver will make the jump to his third AFC South team, signing a two-year deal with Tennessee after spending 12 seasons in Houston and one in Indianapolis, the Titans announced.
After laughing off the Texans‘ expectation that he would only catch 40 passes in 2015, Johnson caught 41 balls for 503 yards and four touchdowns in his lone season in Indianapolis. Johnson showed signs of Father Time finally catching up to him, failing to separate from defensive backs and falling down the depth chart as the Colts‘ disappointing season progressed. It was a stark reminder that even the best athletes who seemingly don’t age can just as quickly get knocked down by the calendar.
He’ll get his chance to make good on his word with the Titans, who need someone to push second-year wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, a physical talent who has struggled mentally to master the playbook and stay dedicated to remain in football shape. Tennessee’s receiving corps might also be a bit too crowded for a 35-year-old veteran, with Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and 31-year-old Harry Douglas joining Green-Beckham.
Tennessee has claimed the near-end of other illustrious receiving careers in the past, most notably that of Randy Moss, who was claimed by the Titans in 2010 after being cut mid-season by the Vikings, but faded into the oblivion of the sidelines and his first retirement stint.
That scenario likely won’t happen to Johnson, who has shown he still has the fire to play. Whether he’ll perform remains to be seen.