That visit between Andre Johnson and the Tennessee Titans a few days ago has borne fruit. Terrible, bitter fruit.
Tennessee Titans are signing WR Andre Johnson, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 29, 2016
Titans signing Andre Johnson, his third AFC South team— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) July 29, 2016
Personally, I don't find this nearly as infuriating as 'Dre's decision to sign with the Colts last year. This feels different. This feels like a guy simply looking for somewhere to play one last year before he calls it quits. I don't doubt that Andre Johnson would have preferred to sign with a contender; I'm just guessing the guy, coming off a wretched year in Indianapolis, didn't have a lot of options. Tennessee, with a wide receiving corps that no one will confuse with one of the league's best, provided an opportunity, and Andre Johnson took it.
Is the idea of a Houston Texans icon suiting up for the team that was stolen from Houston distasteful? Sure. But as time passes, after Andre Johnson finally calls it a career, No. 80's time as a Titan will be mere trivia, like how Hakeem Olajuwon finished his career with the Toronto Raptors. Not every tale gets to end the way we want it to.
This is where I'd wish Andre Johnson the best, except I can't very well do that, what with his team being a loathed division rival and all. Instead, I'll simply congratulate him on finding one more chance to play NFL football. I'll express my admiration for what he did as a Texan, and I eagerly await the chance to celebrate his retirement as a Texan when it inevitably happens.
UPDATE: We still don't know all the details of 'Dre's deal with the Titans, but here's what we do know so far:
Titans gave WR Andre Johnson a two-year deal, per source. Colts owed him $2.5M this season, but with offset, Titans now will absorb some.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 29, 2016