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Houston Texans Cut Andre Johnson


Andre Johnson and Frank Gore sign with Colts

The Houston Texans and Andre Johnson have agreed to part ways.  Johnson has been a member of the Texans organization for all 12 years of his career, starting in 2003, when he was selected 3rd overall in the NFL Draft.  The Texans franchise started with an expansion draft in 2002, so Johnson is essentially the face of the franchise, even though Tony Boselli was the teams first player selected in the expansion draft.

Johnson made an immediate impact, gaining 2118 yards on 145 receptions over his first two seasons, including 1142 during his ssecond year.  He totaled 10 TDs.  David Carr would be his QB from 2003-2006, before the Texans traded for Matt Schaub.  Johnson suffered a knee injury during Schaub's debut season, limiting him to 9 games, but would return to set career highs in rec (115) and yards (1575) in 2008. Johnson would later set another career high in receiving yards during the 2012 season with 1598.

Andre Johnson has yet to catch 10 touchdowns in a single NFL season.  2009 was the only time Johnson caught 9 TDs.  He caught 8 in '07,'08, '10.

Over his final two years with the franchise, Johnson was forced to catch passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, Ryan Mallett, Tom Savage, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates. A tough task for any WR.

Believe it or not, 10 active players have more receiving touchdowns.

His consistency ranks him with the best NFL receivers of All-Time

1Jerry Rice1,549
2Tony Gonzalez1,325
3Marvin Harrison1,102
4Cris Carter1,101
5Tim Brown1,094
6Terrell Owens1,078
7Reggie Wayne1,070
8Isaac Bruce1,024
9Andre Johnson1,012
10Hines Ward1,000

Wayne is the only active player with more receptions.  Jason Witten, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith and Larry Fitzgerald are the only others with 900+.

Rec Yards
1Jerry Rice22,895
2Terrell Owens15,934
3Randy Moss15,292
4Isaac Bruce15,208
5Tony Gonzalez15,127
6Tim Brown14,934
7Marvin Harrison14,580
8Reggie Wayne14,345
9James Lofton14,004
10Cris Carter13,899
11Henry Ellard13,777
12Andre Johnson13,597

Johnson will find himself in the top 10 by the end of the 2015 NFL season (302 yards shy), and he COULD creep into the top 5 (1530), should he remain healthy and in a pass happy offense.

Again, Wayne is the only active player with more receiving yards.  Fitzgerald (12,150) and Calvin Johnson (10,405) are the only players young enough, who have played long enough, to even think about passing Johnson on this list.  Megatron's injury history might keep him from reaching the top 10.

Johnson passes the torch to DeAndre Hopkins, who gained 1210 receiving yards on 76 receptions (127 targets) and scored 6 touchdowns in his 2nd season in the NFL.