Andre Johnson Situation: An Overview

If the Texans were to look at trading Johnson, who are the most viable trade partners?
While the cap ramifications on the Texans end of trading Johnson would be beneficial, the fact of the matter is, they would need to find a trade partner who can absorb Johnson's $10 million salary in 2014 into their cap, although restructuring that $10 million salary into part salary/part "signing bonus" could provide some wiggle room for a team with cap issues. Based solely on need at wide receiver and/or a belief that they can win this season, I would list these teams as possible trade partners for the Texans (in order of cap space remaining):

Cleveland Browns $30,537,310
Cincinnati Bengals $26,285,586
Philadelphia Eagles $19,957,471
Indianapolis Colts $16,736,041
Green Bay Packers $15,015,830
Seattle Seahawks $10,906,190
New England Patriots $10,255,799
Baltimore Ravens $7,363,973
Kansas City Chiefs $4,312,068
Carolina Panthers $3,334,914
San Francisco 49ers $633,469
Denver Broncos ($1,438,997)

We can immediately eliminate a handful of these teams based on cap space constraints that no amount of fiddling around with deals (Johnson's or others') can address, especially with an entire rookie class still to sign. So let's shave those teams off, and get down to this revised list:

Cleveland Browns $30,537,310
Cincinnati Bengals $26,285,586
Philadelphia Eagles $19,957,471
Indianapolis Colts $16,736,041
Green Bay Packers $15,015,830
Seattle Seahawks $10,906,190
New England Patriots $10,255,799

Of this list, I see Seattle and New England as unlikely just because the cap space would still be very tight, even with a restructured deal for Johnson. Green Bay I see as unlikely because a deal like this (decent draft choice for aging player) is very un-Green Bay-like. The Colts I see as unlikely because they're in the same division as the Texans, although if a team was willing to give up a first-round pick for Trent Richardson last season, you have to call them, right?

This leaves us Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Philadelphia makes sense in that this would be a classic, bold Chip Kelly move, and they have a need at wide receiver after letting DeSean Jackson go in the offseason. Also, roughly 51 of the 53 players on the Eagles roster were once Houston Texans. With nearly $20 million in cap space, the Eagles can easily take on Andre's deal.

Logically, Cincinnati has to feel like they're very close to winning and that another weapon with which to surround Andy Dalton could help validate their decision not to draft a quarterback to compete with him earlier in the draft. (They drafted A.J. McCarron in the fifth round.) After New England and Denver, by definition, the Bengals are the closest thing to a perennial playoff team in the AFC over the past few years.

Now, before you laugh at Cleveland, just know that they have a buttload of cap space, an owner who is all about splashy moves, a rookie quarterback who needs a veteran wide receiver, a real chance at winning their division, and a current go-to wide receiver who is about to get suspended for drugs, possibly for the whole season. Also, Cleveland has extra picks in 2015 thanks to the draft day trade with the Bills that brought Buffalo Sammy Watkins.

On paper, Cleveland makes a ton of sense for the Texans.

Hopefully, it doesn't come to that. Hopefully, Tuesday afternoon was just Andre Johnson venting, the media providing him a couch to vent to his collective, 4-million-person therapist.

"Now I'm on my third head coach, that's something I give thought to," Johnson said. "I just look over my career; is it a place? I've only been to the playoffs twice. I think we've only had three winning seasons, two 8-8 seasons. I don't think any player wants to experience that.

"...You go through a rebuilding process, some people say it's not rebuilding, some people say it's a quick fix. Everybody has their own opinion. But I've been through this more than once. When I make my decision, I'll make my decision."

All due respect, Andre, the Texans hold the cards right now. Unless you plan on hanging it up for good, the decision will be theirs.

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10 comments
wmalveaux
wmalveaux

oh and by the way, this is a very cool forum.  greetings gents!

wmalveaux
wmalveaux

andre johnson, should be forever grateful as per all that the texans have done for him over the many years that he has rendered his invaluable services.  of course, he should be playing for a contender at some point upon his much heralded career.  however, please perform your negotiations in private albeit a professional manner, with a hint of class.. just as we would expect of a andre johnson.


the houston texans, have enabled andre to become a very rich (30) something.  please learn how to count your many blessings, and continue upon life's journey with a bit of faith.  god only knows that andre is leading a very full life, upon which so very many of his fans, could never say the same.


should destiny empower andre to depart houston in search as per a new team.. then please do so with your head up..  as opposed to between your ass!  GO TEXANS!

jeffajonesjr
jeffajonesjr

Sad people who have never dealt with Andrea telling those of us that have dealt with him what he is like.

pro_NFL_scout
pro_NFL_scout

pender-ass, you are an idiot! it was said here before, so I'll say it again – THERE WAS NO "FRANCHISE" QUARTERBACK AVAILABLE IN THE 2014 DRAFT!!!!!!!! Especially not your man-crush, manziel. Please go away!!!

seasincarnadine
seasincarnadine

How about Johnson to New England for Mallet and a 5-6th Rounder.  I don't know how much Mallet counts against their cap, but dealing him would free up some of the cap space.  I'm sure Tom Brady sees his window closing.  With Jeanine Goroffalo, the patriots have their backup/QB of the future and a fantastic albeit stilted comedian.  The only hitch I would say is that Houston would need to have a multi year deal worked out with Mallet before the trade went through so it doesnt turn into an MBL-style rental. 

johnnyboy729
johnnyboy729

In every article you write, you find a way to directly or indirectly give reasons for the Texans to draft Johnny Manziel (pre-draft day) or a reason why they should've drafted him.  Whether I (or any other reader) agree/disagree with you, now that the draft is in the past, it's "spinning-your-wheels" writing, does nothing, and is very annoying.  Similar to "if we had only elected *insert candidate*" talk after every election.

dougegreen
dougegreen

You are such a Johnny Manziel Whore it makes my stomach hurt. There were no and I repeat 'no' franchise QB's in this draft. One only has to look at Vince Young and RGIII to get an answer. Every miracle pass that Manziel threw in the NCAA would be a pick in the NFL. Fact. Period. End of discussion, Every break out run Manziel did in the 20912-13 season could have resoluted in a career ending injury. How anyone could root for Manziel in the NFL smply means that that they are ignornat or the reality of pro football,

WTF? Anre has every right to be frudstrated, but none of them have to do with the Houston Texas 2014 Draft - which was spot on.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@pro_NFL_scout  

Meds not working, dude -- remember that the court order said you had to take them even though when you do, you remember who you really are.

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