NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the veteran wide receiver has played his final down for the Indianapolis Colts, leaving his future unclear after 14 oft-excellent NFL seasons. Retirement is an option, but Johnson could also force the Colts to cut him, paving the way for an opportunity to continue his career.
Rapoport reported that Johnson hasn't made a decision about his future. If the Colts cut Johnson, they will endure an unpleasant $7.5 million salary-cap hit.
Johnson was a player in obvious decline last season with the Colts, who signed the seven-time Pro Bowler last March to a three-year, $21 million deal after he was released by the Texans. Johnson was one of the NFL's best receivers for a decade in Houston, but he didn't make the same type of impact in Indianapolis. Johnson struggled to gain separation on routes and never developed a rapport with Andrew Luck.
Even if Johnson does decide he wants to keep playing, there's no guarantee he gets a job. A depressed wide receiver free-agent market doesn't change the fact that Johnson looks like a player whose best days are behind him at age 34. If this is indeed it, Canton should be next.