Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has reportedly asked the franchise to grant him his release from the team.
It is a marriage that many have felt has deteriorated over the past few NFL seasons; the relationship between the Houston Texans, and wide receiver Andre Johnson. The multiple time all-pro wide receiver has reportedly asked for his release from the franchise, according to his agent Kennard McGuire.
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Johnson is the Texans franchise leader in career receptions (1,012), yards (13,597), and touchdowns (64). He currently ranks second in NFL history in receiving yardage per game with 80.4; Calvin Johnson is first (87.4).
Over the past two seasons, Houston has failed to put together a competitive campaign. The team went 12-4 in 2012, won their second consecutive AFC South divisional title, and once again won their Wild Card round match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In 2013 and 2014 combined, the team has won just 11 games, and failed to make the playoffs, albeit it by just one game last season.
A 9-7 season under first year head coach Bill O’Brien, who also pulled double duty as the team’s offense coordinator was marred by inconsistent play, which saw the team fail to put together a significant win streak, despite staying within reach of the final playoff spot for much of the season’s final stretch.
No doubt there is frustration on the part of Johnson as he had to endure another playoff-free season, the tenth in his twelve years in the league.
Four different quarterbacks, and the emerge of fellow teammate DeAndre Hopkins as the team’s number one down-field target are likely tipping points for the seven time pro-bowler, who was denied selection for the first time since 2011.
Johnson’s reduction in numbers and targets can also be attributed to the health of Arian Foster. The all-pro running back and former rushing champion bounced back from an injury plagued 2013 to the tune of 1,246 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground, while catching 38 passes for 327 yards and 5 TDs.
Should he be granted his request, Johnson has a bevy of potential suitors. One in particular that comes to mind is Indianapolis, who will look to add another dimension to their receiving core, especially with the rumors that Reggie Wayne is heavily considering retirement.
Johnson, who is only one season removed from his fifth 100 catch year would give quarterback Andrew Luck an immediate upgrade. It would also allow the team to focus on replacing RB Trent Richardson, who has been a stark disappointment ever since the team acquired him from the Cleveland Browns in 2013.
H/T Pro Football Talk via NBC Sports
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