Houston (CBS Houston) – Andre Johnson signed a one-day contract on Wednesday to retire a Texan. Now the debate begins on if and/or when Andre Johnson will get into the Hall of Fame.
Statistically Johnson is far and away the best receiver in the team’s short history with 1,012 receptions and 13,597 yards. Johnson would play a full season with the Colts in 2015 and played eight games with the Titans in 2016. Overall Johnson finished with 1,062 receptions, 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns.
In addition to the stats, Johnson finished with seven Pro Bowl Appearances and two First-Team All Pro’s to his accolade list as well.
Johnson ranks 11th all-time in both reception and receiving yards. According to Pro Football Reference Johnson’s career is most similar with Andre Reed, Tim Brown, Steve Smith, James Lofton and Fred Biletnikoff. Amongst that list, only Steve Smith isn’t in the Hall of Fame, retiring at the end of the 2016 season.
The list of great receivers on the ballot, or entering the ballot soon is a long one, which may work to Johnson’s disadvantage.
Terrell Owens is ahead of Johnson in receptions and yards. Reggie Wayne also ranks ahead of Johnson in both categories as well. Smith had more receiving yards than Johnson, but Johnson had more receptions.
Also, there are active receivers in Larry Fitzgerald, who has more receptions and yards. Anquan Boldin also has more receptions, and could pass him in yards before Boldin retires.
How the voters view pass catching tight ends could affect Johnson’s chances as well. Both Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten have more receptions, while Gonzalez has more yards as well.
I think Andre Johnson is worthy of the Hall of Fame and that he will get in at some point, but his timing is less than ideal with the log jam in front of him and that’s about to come.