HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The Houston Texans will sign wide receiver Andre Johnson to a one-day contract so that he can officially retire as a member of the team.
The Texans released the following statement on Monday:
The Houston Texans will sign WR Andre Johnson to a one-day contract that will allow him to retire as a member of the organization, the team announced today. Johnson will be honored at a press conference on Wednesday, April 19 at NRG Stadium that will include Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Cal McNair and Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith.
Johnson spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the Texans after being drafted third overall in the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami (Fla.). He is the franchise’s all-time leader in nearly every receiving category including career receptions (1,012), receiving yards (13,597), receiving touchdowns (64) and 100-yard games (51). Johnson also holds numerous individual game records for the Texans, including most receptions (14), receiving yards (273) and receiving touchdowns (three) in a game.
Johnson played and started 169 games for the Texans from 2003-14 and led the team in receptions and receiving yards in 10 of those seasons. He set the single-season franchise record for receptions with 115 in 2008 and receiving yards with 1,598 in 2012. Johnson also had a stretch of 133 consecutive games played with a reception (11/6/05 to 12/21/14) and scored 64 career touchdowns with the Texans, second most in franchise history.