According to ESPNs Adam Schefter on Friday, the Tennessee Titans have decided to sign wide receiver free agent Andre Johnson. The contract is worth 2 years, and the Colts will supposedly be paying the $2.5 million cap hit on the veteran.
With signings come opinions, and of course there is a ton to love about Johnson. He has 1,000+ receptions, 14,100 receiving yards, and 68 touchdowns in his career. He was one of the best wide outs in the NFL at one point, but can he even be utilized at this point?
The 34-year old is playing on a field with Kendall Wright (26), Justin Hunter (25), Dorial Green-Beckham (23), and with quarterback Marcus Mariota (22).
Of course many will argue that Andre Johnson can provide veteran leadership on and off the field, but don’t leaders tend to “lead by example”?
Johnson played all 16 games last season and was only able to produce 41 catches for 503 yards and 4 touchdowns. While Andrew Luck may have been dealing with injuries through 2015, Matt Hasselback was just as good as most starting QBs.
Johnson has yet to receive 6 touchdowns or more since the 2010 season, so what is there to get excited about again? He may be a deep ball threat, but most of the defensive talent in the NFL won’t have issues handling Johnson in 2016.
While many will see this as a big boost of talent for the Titans, I think it would have been better for them to continue re-building with younger talent. Of course Johnson may show a glimpse of talent here and there, but he is an individual past his prime.