"I know that we would like to have him back, we'd like to see him retire a Houston Texan. But again, I don't think retirement is in his mind. When I say that, I just mean in the future. We don't want him to play anywhere else. He's a Houston Texan and we want him back." -- Bill O'Brien at the NFL Combine two weeks ago
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If you read Bill O'Brien's quotes from the NFL Combine a couple of weeks ago, he really seemed to want Andre Johnson back with the Houston Texans next season. He seemed adamant, almost enthusiastic, by God!
However, as is oftentimes the case, it's not so much what O'Brien said but what he didn't say. Scour the quotes again, and there's no mention of dollars, no mention of "at what price" the Texans would want Andre Johnson back. Just, "Hey, we'd love to have Andre Johnson back!"
Money can be a very polarizing issue in today's NFL, what with that darn salary cap and all, and when a big cap figure meets advancing age and declining production, rarely is happiness at that nexus. Unless you're an elite quarterback or willingly choose to walk away at a young age (Barry Sanders), if you are a highly paid franchise icon, you'll likely finish out your career toiling for another team. That's the way it is. That's the NFL.
Predictably, Andre Johnson and Texans fans learned this the hard way on Monday night. More »