Should the Broncos Go After Andre Johnson?


The Denver Broncos just placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and had two wideouts make the Pro Bowl this past year, but would they show interest in Andre Johnson if and when he is let go by the Houston Texans?

The Texans and Johnson are soon to mutually part ways, something the Broncos are familiar with this offseason, and he’ll have a market despite the fact that he’s going to be 34 this season.

The Broncos don’t have a desperate need for a wide receiver, but if anyone is familiar with Johnson it is new Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, who coached Johnson during his glory days with the Texans as he developed into what many people believe to be a Hall of Fame player.

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Johnson has been a treat to watch (when he wasn’t trying to beat the Broncos) throughout his career, but it’s fair to wonder what he has left in the tank to contribute as a third or fourth receiver in the Broncos’ offense.

Sure, Johnson is a great fit in terms of the current coaching staff, how well they know him from their days in Houston. It would also be pretty cool to see Johnson catching passes from Peyton Manning, his long-time nemesis back when Peyton played for the Colts. It would also be cool to see Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, and Emmanuel Sanders on the field at the same time.

However, the Broncos drafted a young man by the name of Cody Latimer last year that is primed for a breakout role, and adding Johnson could hinder his development in terms of maximizing the amount of snaps he should see this season.

Johnson would certainly be able to teach Latimer a thing or two about playing receiver in the league. Heck, he could teach DT a thing or two, but I think this is a long shot to happen because Johnson might be able to find a better fit elsewhere on a team with a greater need for his services.

It would be fun to see him playing in Denver, but I have a hard time seeing that actually happen.