NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Titans didn't just add another receiver to the roster in veteran Andre Johnson.
In the eyes of the Titans he'll share a locker room with in Nashville, Johnson will also provide leadership, and set a good example for the team's younger players.
"Andre, he is proven, man,'' linebacker Brian Orakpo said of the seven-time Pro Bowler. "He is one of the best receivers in the game, if not in history. So he doesn't have to prove anything to anybody in here. All he has to do is come in here and work and help these younger guys as well, and continue to progress and get better himself. Andre Johnson has been doing this for years. I'm year eight, and he's year 14. I've had a lot of bad nightmares (competing against him).
Titans QB Marcus Mariota, S Rashad Johnson, C Ben Jones and DE Brian Orakpo speak with reporters on the eve of training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
"I know what he is capable of and I know he has a chip on his shoulder because everybody felt like he had sort of a down year in Indy. I am excited he is one of us. Not only will he do good for himself, but I am hoping the younger guys will learn from a guy like Andre Johnson, a perennial Pro Bowl player and All-Pro."
The Titans agreed to terms with Johnson on Friday.
During his 13-year NFL career, Johnson (6-3, 229) has appeared in 185 regular season games and accumulated career totals of 1,053 receptions, 14,100 receiving yards and 68 touchdown catches.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota said he's happy to have Johnson in the fold.
"I am very eager (to work with him),'' Mariota said of Johnson. "Obviously his career in Houston says a lot about who he is a player. To bring in someone like that who has played at the highest level, who has been an elite type player in the league, will not only help myself but this entire team.
"He can bring in some leadership and different things like that."
Johnson ranks eighth in NFL history in receptions and ninth in league annals in receiving yards, and he is first among active players in both categories. His 51 career 100-yard receiving games are fifth in league history.
Johnson appeared in all 16 games with 14 starts for the Indianapolis Colts. He totaled 41 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns.
In 12 seasons with the Houston Texans (2003-2014), Johnson became the team's all-time leading receiver with 1,012 receptions for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns. He led the NFL in receiving yards in 2008 (1,575) and 2009 (1,569).
"He is a big, physical guy,'' Titans safety Rashad Johnson said. "And he is a veteran guy. … He is a guy who is a potential Hall of Famer. So we brought in the right guy."
Titans center Ben Jones was teammates with Johnson with the Texans.
Johnson is expected to provide leadership and play-making ability to a receiving corps that's been challenged by head coach Mike Mularkey throughout the offseason.
Johnson joins receivers Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham, Rishard Matthews, Harry Douglas, Justin Hunter, Tajae Sharpe, Tre McBride, Andrew Turzilli and others.
"Andre is a great guy, and I am happy to have him on this team," Jones said. "What he brings to this locker room, he is a guy who works really hard and doesn't say a lot, but when he is on the field he is going to do what it takes to win.
"When you have a Hall of Fame guy like that it is going to help. … He is going to come out there and work every day and it really helps the young guys to see guys who have played for so long."
Titans Online looks at the NFL career of seven-time Pro Bowl WR Andre Johnson. (AP Photos)