Andre Johnson Released by Houston Texans

AP Photo/Patric Schneider Andre Johnson spent his entire 12-year career with the Texans and is the franchise's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.
AP Photo/Patric Schneider
Andre Johnson spent his entire 12-year career with the Texans and is the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.

The Texans have released Andre Johnson, ending the star wide receiver’s 12-year tenure in Houston.

The Texans previously had given Johnson permission to seek a trade, while the seven-time Pro Bowler asked the team to release him.

Johnson had two years remaining on his contract and would have counted for $16.1 million against the Texans’ salary cap in 2015. Houston saved $8.825 million in cap space by releasing him before June 1.

“After exhausting all options of a possible trade, we informed Andre Johnson that he would be released today, Texans general manager Rick Smith said in a statement. “No player in the history of this franchise has represented the team, city and community in a more professional way. Andre is a Hall of Fame caliber player and we appreciate his years of service and contributions to our team.”

After spending his entire career as a featured receiver in the Texans’ offense, Johnson’s role on the team was set to change. Rather than accept that, he requested to be traded or released.

Before the move Monday, Johnson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he was “not worried” about being released.

“It’s just the nature of the business,” he told Anderson. “I’m not really worried about it. I will go somewhere else and play, and hopefully I can do well for them.”

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SOURCE: ESPN

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