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 that span, which coincided with seven Pro Bowl selections while with the Texans. The third overall pick in 2003, Johnson ends his career with a Hall-of-Fame resume, and his absence from the Titans could result in more snaps for Rishard Matthews, Kendall Wright and Harry Douglas going forward.
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 stand-alone 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.
Johnson was targeted three times, but did not make a catch in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.
Johnson has been able to reel in just one-third of the dozen passes that have gone his way this season and is clearly behind Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe in the pecking order among receivers. There's a chance that things could turnaround and Johnson could become a decent reserve option like he was in spurts in Indianapolis, but with the Titans averaging less than 14 points per game - it'd take a big leap of faith to say that opportunity is about to knock.
Johnson was targeted only twice, but scored a nine-yard touchdown on his lone catch Sunday in Detroit.
Johnson was trusted when it mattered most, hauling in the game-winning touchdown with 1:13 to play. The 35-year-old veteran doesn't have the legs to play on every snap, but his experience and work ethic have earned him an important role on a young Titans team. This likely won't be his last major contribution.
Johnson caught three of his seven targets for 30 yards in his Titans debut Sunday against the Vikings.
Johnson tied for second on the team in targets, but finished fifth in yardage. While quarterback Marcus Mariota likes to spread the ball around, the veteran wide receiver is clearly one of his preferred options. It remains to be seen whether Johnson still has enough of his eroding skills left to take advantage of this attention from the young signal caller.
Johnson was one of six wide receivers to make the Titans 53-man roster Friday.
Johnson came over on a minimum-salary deal following a disappointing 2015 campaign with the Colts, but earned significant praise from coach Mike Mularkey while coasting onto the final roster. The veteran will be joined by Kendall Wright, Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe, Harry Douglas and Tre McBride. He likely ranks third behind Matthews and Sharpe among outside receivers, but should mix in quite a bit in Week 1 if his usage in Week 3 of preseason was any indication.
Johnson caught a team-high three passes (on four targets) for 65 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders.
Johnson enjoyed his best showing as a Titan, leading the team in receptions and yards while tying for tops in targets Saturday. In fact, all of Johnson's three catches came on one drive during the first quarter, when he gained 13, 38 and 14 yards, respectively, on three plays in a row. In doing so, the veteran justified his backing from coach Mike Mularkey and showed he can still contribute when called upon.
Johnson was on the field for 15 snaps in Saturday's preseason game against the Panthers, but wasn't targeted by quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Johnson has had a very quiet preseason thus far, but still has the backing of coach Mike Mularkey. While others continue to battle for roster spots, the veteran should be able to make it without impressing at this stage. His prospects of winning a starting job look dim, though.
Johnson is almost guaranteed to make the Titans roster following Tuesday's trade of Dorial Green-Beckham.
Johnson was already in a good spot after earning significant praise from coach Mike Mularkey. The trade reduces Tennessee's logjam at wide receiver, leaving the veteran as the top reserve option on the outside behind Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe.
Johnson hauled in both of his targets for 15 yards in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chargers.
Johnson got some work with first-team quarterback Marcus Mariota, and seems to be a safe bet to make the team. The veteran totaled only 503 yards with the Colts last season, but could earn a larger role as part of a very uncertain Titans receiving corps.
According to head coach Mike Mularkey, Johnson will limited throughout the preseason.
Johnson signed on with his long-time division rival Titans at the beginning of training camp and has already made a strong impact with the team. Now 35, the Titans will play it safe and give the veteran plenty of rest throughout the preseason, minimizing the chances of injury. The move to limit his preseason action almost assures Johnson of making the final 53-man roster, something that many questioned when he signed with the club at the end of July.
Johnson's strong start to camp has increased the veteran's chances of making the Titans roster, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean reports.
Johnson's consistency has stood out among a young group of receivers that lacks that trait. The long-time Texans great managed just 503 receiving yards with the Colts last season, but that mark still would've been good enough for second among Titans wideouts. While the 35-year-old isn't what he once was, Tennessee could easily opt to keep him around on his team-friendly minimum-salary deal if their youngsters don't step up.
Johnson will sign with the Titans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Johnson visited with the Titans on Tuesday when both sides got a feel for a potential deal to bring the veteran receiver to Tennessee. At 35 years old, Johnson's production could slightly increase after a brutal season with the Colts, while younger options in the team's receiving corps -- Kendall Wright, Rishard Matthews and Dorial Green-Beckham -- continue to develop alongside second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Johnson visited with the Titans on Tuesday, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean reports. The two sides have not advanced to discussing a possible contract.
Johnson, 35, was with the Colts last season after spending the first 12 years of his career with the Texans. His one year in Indianapolis did not go well, as he lost playing time and targets over the course of the season. It didn't help that Andrew Luck had an injury-marred season, but Johnson never fit with the team's plans. The Titans, whose wide receiving corps was one of the least productive units in the league last season, could be looking to add a dependable target for second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Johnson has been working out, hopes to sign with an NFL team, and does not intend to retire. "I'm just training right now and just waiting for an opportunity. When that comes I'll take advantage of it," he told the Houston Chronicle.
Johnson had just 41 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns last season as the wideout struggled to gain separation on passing routes at times during his only year in Indianapolis. It's not a good sign that he didn't find a suitable offer after teams went through free agency and the draft, but he may still get a chance to win a roster spot with an NFL team during training camp.
Following his release by the Colts last month, Johnson still plans to play this year, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Johnson, who turns 35 in July, remains unsigned well after the opening of free agency, though we suppose that an offer will arrive down the road once wideout depth charts are solidified by the NFL Draft, or altered by injuries. In 16 games, including 14 starts for the Colts in 2015, Johnson finished with 41 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns.
Though Johnson is not slated to return to the Colts in 2016, the veteran wideout has no plans to end his NFL career, NFL.com reports. "I am playing, there's no question about that," Johnson noted Saturday, while adding "I know I can still play this game...I'm not discouraged about what happened this past season, I'm just waiting for an opportunity."
Following an ultra-productive stint with the Texans, who drafted him in 2003, things didn't click for Johnson in Indy in 2015, as the wideout struggled to gain separation on passing routes at times, while never really developing a strong rapport with QB Andrew Luck. Set to turn 35 in July, it remains to be seen how much Johnson can bring to his next team, but the size (6-foot-3, 229 pounds) and experience that he brings to the table could prove to be valuable assets in the right offense.