Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson is retiring from the Tennessee Titans and the NFL, effective immediately.
Johnson, who signed with the Titans just before the opening of training camp, caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the Titans’ week two victory at Detroit, but in recent weeks had vanished from the offense with no pass receptions in the Titans past three games.
Johnson, 35, had nine catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns in eight games for the Titans this season.
Johnson finishes his NFL career with 1,062 receptions for 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns. He ranks ninth all-time in receptions and 10th all-time in receiving yards.
Johnson began his career in 2003 as a first-round pick of the Houston Texans and became the franchise’s all-time leader in virtually every receiving category. He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro during his career with the Texans.
He was released by the Texans following the 2014 season and signed with AFC South rival Indianapolis, but was released at the end of the season. He did not garner much interest during the off-season this year, until the Titans worked him out just days before training camp was to open and signed him to a two-year contract.
Johnson’s contract contained no signing bonus money, meaning the Titans are out no cap hit.
With Johnson’s retirement, the likely option to replace him on the roster could be practice squad receiver Tre McBride, who had a strong training camp this year and could also be a help on special teams.
“Going back to his days at the University of Miami, Andre was one of the most impressive wide receivers I’ve scouted,” Titans GM Jon Robinson said. “He had a professional approach to the game both on and off the field and in my opinion is one of the best to have played the game. I enjoyed getting to know and work with him in his time with our team. He certainly contributed to this team – making the game-winning catch at Detroit and his daily interaction with the young wide receivers. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward in whatever endeavors he chooses.”