By Garret Heinrich

Update 3:10pm CT – Multiple reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and confirmation from SportsRadio 610 & Houston Chronicle’s John McClain have stated that the Houston Texans have released Andre Johnson after 12 years with the team.

The Texans have announced the official release on Andre Johnson.

“After exhausting all options of a possible trade, we informed Andre Johnson that he would be released today,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith said. “No player in the history of this franchise has represented the team, city and community in a more professional way. Andre is a Hall of Fame caliber player and we appreciate his years of service and contributions to our team.”

“I have so much respect for Andre Johnson and what he’s meant to this organization,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “Andre carried himself as a true professional and did everything that we asked him to do. Andre will go down as one of the best receivers to every play this game. We are thankful for what he has done for our organization and wish him well on his future playing career.”

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – In news that has been expected since last week, it looks like the Houston Texans will release 12 year veteran Andre Johnson on Monday. The Texans told Johnson last week that his role would be reduced with the team. When Johnson said he wasn’t happy about that, the team told him he could seek a trade or be cut.

Now with Free Agency starting it looks like the Texans will just release the seven time Pro Bowl wide receiver. Some reports have Johnson’s release coming Monday, but if it doesn’t come Monday it would like come down on Tuesday.

Cutting Johnson will save the Texans $9mil in cap space. The Texans likely have two free-agent quarterbacks already locked up in Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett to throw to a depleted wide receiving core once Johnson is gone. Aside from DeAndre Hopkins, who caught 76 passes in 2014, the Texans had one other wide receiver with double digit catches. Damaris Johnson had 31 receptions for 331 yards on the year. Johnson led the team with 85 catches.