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Report: Andre Johnson "has played his last down" with Colts and is pondering retirement

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According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, wide receiver Andre Johnson "has played his last down" with the Colts and is pondering retirement.

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Though it comes as absolutely no surprise, it sounds like Andre Johnson's days with the Colts are just about over.  According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the wide receiver "has played his last down in Indy" and is pondering retirement.

Signed as a big-name free agent last offseason, the veteran failed to produce at a level close to what was expected.  In 16 games, he caught 41 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 12.3 yards per reception.  He was often an invisible part of the offense and saw his snaps decrease as the season went on in favor of Donte Moncrief.  Since the Colts can save $5 million this offseason by cutting him, the move has been expected for months.

It could be, however, that part of the delay in actually making the move is because Johnson is considering retirement.  If that's the case, the Colts probably want to give him time to make his decision so that they wouldn't have to cut him, though time is running short on that decision process.  Johnson has had a tremendous NFL career (mostly with the Texans), catching 1,053 passes for 14,100 yards and 68 touchdowns in compiling a resume that will garner consideration for the Hall of Fame one day.

It has seemed clear for a while that Andre Johnson was done with the Colts, and Ian Rapoport's report this morning just further goes to confirm that.  It also seems, however, that Johnson is considering hanging it up, and that could be one possible explanation for why the Colts haven't released him quite yet.  Either way, however, it's clear that Johnson won't be playing with the Colts next year.

UPDATE: The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson spoke with Johnson's agent, who denied that the receiver is considering retirement and said Johnson is instead preparing for the 2016 season.