Former Texans receiver Andre Johnson joins Colts

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Andre Johnson just wanted a chance to win a championship.

Indianapolis, with Andrew Luck, seemed like the perfect landing spot.

So Wednesday, two days after the Texans released their longtime star, the 33-year-old receiver signed a three-year deal with the Colts. Terms were not immediately available.

Johnson will replace one of his closest friends, Reggie Wayne, and team up with another, Frank Gore, to chase a Super Bowl title.

"That's what we came here for," Johnson said when asked if he and former college teammate Gore were the missing pieces.

"Other than that, I don't know what else to tell you. We came here to win and accomplish that ultimate goal."

While Johnson fills the void left by Wayne, a 14-year veteran who spent his career in Indy after playing with Johnson at the University of Miami, the circumstances are a bit awkward.

Three years ago, when Wayne was a free agent, Johnson tried to get Wayne to join him in Houston. Instead, Wayne gave Indianapolis a hometown discount.

There was some thought that Wayne would try to talk Johnson into joining the Colts this time, but team owner Jim Irsay announced the Colts would not re-sign Wayne.

"I think it's just the nature of the business," Johnson said. "He (Wayne) was very happy, happy for me."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound University of Miami star also seems like a perfect fit into the offseason plan of Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, too.