All week we have seen NFL teams released notable players, whether it be for salary cap reasons or production, and we have been waiting for the Colts to make their own moves. It sounds like at least one of those moves could be coming soon, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning that the Colts have informed wide receiver Andre Johnson that he will be released.
The move comes as no surprise whatsoever, as this has been expected for months. Unfortunately, things simply didn't work out for Johnson in Indianapolis, as he was signed to be a reliable possession receiver and instead was invisible all too often. Because the team can save $5 million in cap space by cutting him, this decision really became rather simple. The Colts have T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett at receiver, so while they could stand to add another veteran, it makes perfect sense to clear some cap space and cut Johnson, who was underwhelming in 2015.
After an incredibly successful run in Houston, the Texans let Johnson walk. He wound up signing with the Colts, joining friend Frank Gore and looking forward to playing with Andrew Luck on a team that was expected to make a serious Super Bowl push. Instead, Luck missed nine games, the Colts missed the playoffs, and Johnson wasn't nearly as productive as everyone had hoped. In 16 games, he caught 41 passes for 507 yards and four touchdowns. He always kept a good attitude about it, but unfortunately it didn't work out on the field.