Johnson notified his teammates Monday morning that he intends to retire from the NFL, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Johnson's apparent decision comes after he's caught just nine passes through eight games for the Titans this season. At 35 years old, Johnson is nowhere near the peak of his powers, which saw him reel off seven seasons with at least 1,110 yards through his first 11 years in the league. Johnson also posted five 100-catch seasons during the span, which coincided with seven Pro Bowl selections. The third overall pick in 2003, Johnson ends his career with a Hall of Fame resume, but his absence from the Titans going forward is unlikely to impact their offensive much.
Johnson failed to catch either of his two targets Sunday against the Colts. Johnson was shut out for the second straight week. He has been a non-factor since Kendall Wright's return from a hamstring injury.
Johnson wasn't targeted Sunday against Cleveland. Johnson mostly sat and watched as Rishard Matthews and Kendall Wright carved up the Browns secondary. Rookie Tajae Sharpe also failed to secure a catch, though, so the veteran may start siphoning some of his snaps soon.
Johnson secured two of four targets for 13 yards and a touchdown Sunday in Miami. Johnson has emerged as a red zone weapon for quarterback Marcus Mariota, as his two receiving touchdowns lead Titans wide receivers and are tied for the overall team lead with tight end Delanie Walker and running back DeMarco Murray. While the Titans prefer to run the ball in tight, they do skew the veteran's limited snaps such that he's on the field more in higher-leverage situations. Johnson still hasn't topped 33 receiving yards in a game this season, so he serves more as a vulture to Tajae Sharpe and Rishard Matthews than as a viable standalone option himself.
Johnson caught three of five targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Texans. Johnson set a new season high yardage mark against the team he played his prime with. The veteran receiver has earned second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota's trust, but doesn't see the field much for a run-first Titans offense.
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