Wide receiver Andre Johnson is currently in Indianapolis, meeting with a Colts team that is very interested in signing him. But according to a number of reports, the Colts aren't the only ones with interest in the receiver.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports there are seven other teams interested in him besides the Colts and that Johnson is "taking it one day at a time." Likewise, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports that Johnson "is considering eight different teams at this time." And RTV6's Mike Chappell confirmed that "Johnson is interested in several teams."
So here's what we know so far: Andre Johnson was cut by the Texans on Monday in a move that had been expected for quite some time. Almost immediately after the move happened, the Colts were reported as being in "hot pursuit" of the veteran receiver's services. And then a report on Tuesday morning said that Johnson and Frank Gore agreed to head to the Colts together. Frank Gore has signed with the Colts. Johnson hasn't yet, but the Colts are very much pursuing Johnson in an effort to get a deal inked before he leaves Indianapolis. Whether that happens is yet to be seen, as it sounds like there are a number of teams pursuing him and that he might take his time deciding.
Understand this: Andre Johnson is a player that the Colts have to get. First, consider that he's a player they really want - imagine what it'd be like for him to leave without a deal after the Colts very heavily pursued him. But more than that, Johnson is exactly what the Colts need at their wide receiver position. They don't need another young guy - they need a veteran. That's Johnson. They need a guy who can be a possession receiver. That's Johnson. They need a guy who can take some of the pressure off of T.Y. Hilton. That's Johnson. He's exactly what they're looking for at the wide receiver position, and if they don't get him, they'll be stuck looking at guys like… Cecil Shorts? Michael Crabtree? Hakeem Nicks? There's Johnson and then there's everyone else at the wide receiver position right now, and all along he's been the guy the Colts were targeting. They must get him. But they'll have competition in doing so.
Oh, and one more thing… if there really are eight teams pursuing Johnson, and if those teams really are clubs such as the Colts, Seahawks, Patriots, etc. (as has been reported), then you'd have thought that the Texans could have used their greatest player in franchise history some more. If he'd be good enough for Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, or Tom Brady, wouldn't he be good enough for Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer? Just a thought… but hey, it'd sure be nice to see him with the Colts, so I'm not complaining.
For now, though, we just wait. That's really all we can do at this point.