Indianapolis Colts sign WR Andre Johnson

What’s with the Colts and signing old skill position players? First Frank Gore and now Andre Johnson? I get that they’re in win now mode and had needs at both running back and wide receiver, but both deals were overpays. Johnson gets 21 million over 3 years with this deal, including 10 million guaranteed. I thought he’d get something closer to what Anquan Boldin got from the 49ers last off-season, a 2-year, 12 million dollar deal with 6 million guaranteed.

Johnson is going into his age 34 season coming off the worst statistical season of his career in terms of yards per game since his rookie year. He caught 85 passes for 936 yards and 3 touchdowns on 141 targets (60.3%) and 487 routes run (1.92 yards per route run) and only graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 40th ranked wide receiver. He’s currently #12 on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list and likely Hall-of-Fame bound someday, but even the average top-20 receiver (in terms of yardage all-time) has his last 1000 yard season at age 34-35, averages 48 catches for 594 yards and 3 touchdowns for 2 more seasons after age 34-35, and is done playing by age 36-37. Johnson is a declining player who could soon become a rapidly declining player. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was losing snaps to talented 2nd year receiver Donte Moncrief late in the season.

Grade: C

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