By Lindsay H. Jones
Andre Johnson squinted while trying to rack his memory.
Just how many quarterbacks had he played with during his 12 seasons with the Houston Texans? Finally, he came up with a guess: Eleven.
“Last year, we had three,” Johnson said, laughing.
The actual number of Texans starting quarterbacks during Johnson’s tenure in Houston was 10, causing him to shake his head and smile.
“I’ve played with a lot of quarterbacks,” he said.
Johnson can laugh it off these days, now that he’s a member of the Indianapolis Colts and has spent his offseason practicing with Andrew Luck, who has started every game since being drafted with the No. 1 pick in 2012.
His visit to Indianapolis days later sparked a sense of déjà vu to when he was a teenager in Miami, and then-University of Miami assistant coach Chuck Pagano was trying to lure him to Coral Gables.
Once again, Pagano’s pitch worked — though he might not have needed to do much selling this time. Johnson had already focused on the Colts as his ideal destination.
“It was like my Miami family, and coach Pagano was just like, ‘Hey man, this is like recruiting. I’m not letting you out of the building,'” Johnson said. “This is where I wanted to be. I came on my visit and was just hoping they could get the contract worked out.”
Johnson, who will turn 34 next month, signed a three-year deal worth up to $21 million that included $10 million in guarantees. A two-time all-pro and likely Hall of Famer, he is among the most accomplished players on the Colts’ roster.
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