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Andre Johnson announces he's signed with Colts

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Andre Johnson is joining former Miami Hurricanes teammate Frank Gore in Indianapolis.

The Colts announced the signing of Johnson on Wednesday. The seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will receive $21 million over three years, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

Their primary competition for Johnson's services was in the form of the Chargers, per Rapoport, as the deal was finalized with a plane waiting to whisk the wide receiver away to San Diego. The Chargers offered Johnson more money, Rapoport added, but the receiver chose to sign with Indianapolis.

After missing out on Johnson, it's conceivable that Bolts general manager Tom Telesco -- a former Colts front office operative -- will turn his attention to Reggie Wayne.

The greatest player in Houston Texans history, Johnson has averaged an NFL all-time best 6.0 receptions per game. His 80.5 yards per game is the second-highest average ever.

Johnson, 33, was bypassed by DeAndre Hopkins as the top passing-game option in Bill O'Brien's first season with the Texans.

While he's no longer as dangerous after the catch as he was during his All-Pro prime, Johnson still has plenty left in the tank, as evidenced by his season-high 10 receptions and 135 yards in the season finale.

We viewed the Colts as Johnson's most sensible landing spot all along. He made it clear last offseason that finishing his storied career with a Super Bowl contender ranks high on his list of priorities.

With the accomplished veteran trio of Gore, Johnson and pass rusher Trent Cole under contract -- and several more signings to add depth -- Indianapolis already boasts a stronger roster than the one that made it to the AFC Championship game in January.

Andrew Luck immediately becomes the biggest quarterback advantage of Johnson's 13-year career, offering the rare ability to throw his receivers open.

Even if he's inching toward a decline phase, Johnson is a substantial upgrade on the injury-ravaged version of Wayne that held Luck's aerial attack hostage down the stretch last season. His presence will also allow the Colts to ease in promising prospect Donte Moncrief, who is still untrusted as a raw route runner.

In Gore, Johnson, Moncrief, playmaker T.Y. Hilton and talented tight-end duo Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, Luck now has the benefit of the most reliably productive collection of skill-position talent since he was drafted at No. 1 overall in 2012.

Johnson and Gore have chosen the ideal spot to increase their Hall of Fame odds with the added lure of potentially walking off into the sunset.

Indianapolis offers a symbiotic relationship, increasing the Super Bowl opportunity for the players as well as the organization.

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