Earlier this morning, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport mentioned that Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson is pondering retirement. According to Johnson's agent, however, that's not true.
Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle spoke with Kennard McGuire, the agent for Johnson, who said that, "Retirement hasn't been discussed. Andre is training and preparing for next season."
McGuire's statement brings the other part of Rapoport's report even more into light: Rapoport said that Johnson "has played his last down in Indy." In other words, the Colts are planning the cut the wideout if he doesn't retire. Since Johnson's agent makes it seem like his client won't be hanging it up anytime soon, that means we should expect an announcement at some point before the start of the new league year announcing the Colts' release of the veteran receiver.
The Colts can save $5 million in cap space next season by releasing Johnson, who didn't produce anywhere near expectations in his first season in Indianapolis. He caught 41 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns, failing to be a difference-maker and instead often being invisible. Donte Moncrief rightly started taking snaps from Johnson as the season went on, and with T.Y. Hilton, Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett as young talented receivers, the decision to move on from Johnson is an obvious one for the Colts. He has had a tremendous career, but it's the right move for the Colts to part ways with him. It sounds like that will happen, though according to Johnson's agent the veteran receiver plans to keep playing in 2016 instead of retiring.