NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that the star wide receiver has been granted permission to seek a trade. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that a source close to Johnson said this was "definitely" the end for the wide receiver in Houston.
"Thank you Houston for a wonderful 12 years," Johnson wrote. "And a special thanks to all the fans who have supported me throughout my career."
His agent, Kennard McGuire, also released a statement: "It's been an amazing journey for Andre -- and to watch how the city of Houston has embraced him and watch him become the class act that personified true professionalism."
Johnson, 33, has spent his entire career in Houston after being selected with the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection is the franchise leader in every relevant receiving category and stands a legitimate chance to earn enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame when his career is done.
If a trade cannot be completed -- there are two years and $21.5 million remaining on his contract -- Johnson will become an intriguing free-agent option. Approaching his age-34 season, it's possible that Johnson can command a deal similar to the three-year, $12 million deal Steve Smith got last year from the Ravens.
Johnson will get a job, and consider it a surprise if he doesn't land with an expected Super Bowl contender. A ring is the one thing missing from an otherwise stellar resume.