Andre Johnson Situation: An Overview

Okay, so let's assess the situation and at least attempt to answer the key questions in what could be a very sad chapter in the Andre Johnson, Texan Legend saga, shall we?

What is causing all this?
Plain and simple, a combination of rampant losing and Andre Johnson staring his athletic mortality in the face. At age 32, Johnson is right at the magical age for the wide receiver position, where marquee wideouts tend to see a decline in productivity (unless their last name is "Rice"). Johnson knows he only has a few more seasons to make a deep (and hopefully successful) playoff run. He also knows there is virtually zero chance of that happening in Houston, especially in light of the moves made by Rick Smith and Bill O'Brien this offseason, wherein they've let almost every veteran free agent walk, cut Owen Daniels and Danieal Manning for cap purposes, and chosen not to draft a franchise quarterback in the first round of the draft. Nothing this team has done indicates a plan with 2014 (or 2015, for that matter) success as the likely outcome. This team is building inside out; their first four picks in the draft (Clowney, Su'a-Filo, Fiedorowicz, Nix) pretty well indicate this. As far as Andre Johnson goes, it's pretty simple -- this isn't about money, it's about "football quality of life." If he's going to have to adjust to a brand-new coaching staff at his age, he'd rather do it with a team that is ready-made to play in early February.

What can the Texans do to fix it?
Honestly, if the goal is to keep Andre Johnson, unless they can somehow turn back time and draft Johnny Manziel or somehow doctor a picture to depict Mike McCarthy making out with a transvestite and extort Aaron Rodgers out of the Packers, the only thing the Texans can do is wait this out and hope Andre Johnson cools off. The team still holds the cards. When you sign a long-term deal and then get as many subsequent restructuring bonuses as Andre Johnson has, you relinquish a lot of your control in a situation like this. If Andre Johnson wants out, sadly, his best avenue is to be a giant pain in the ass, and honestly, I don't know if he has that club in his bag. We shall see.

Oddly, pain in the ass or no pain in the ass, the move that would align most closely with what the Texans have done so far this offseason (again -- shedding veteran salaries, bidding adieu to expensive veteran free agents, signing "lunch-pail" one-year free agents, drafting trench players) would be to move Johnson for a decent-to-high draft pick, if the deal were available. This team is obviously going through a multiyear rebuild, and as such (removing emotion from the situation), Johnson is worth more to them in the form of a good draft pick than he is catching 80 balls from Ryan Fitzpatrick and helping the Texans go 7-9 for two more years.

So if it's time to move on, what are the salary cap ramifications for the Texans?
This is actually the one bit of good news in all of this -- if the Texans were to move Andre Johnson, they would realize a cap savings of $3,680,417, the difference between his $15,644,583 cap figure in 2014 and the $11,964,166 the Texans would get hit with in dead money if they sent Johnson somewhere else (or released him, which would happen only if Johnson began organizing nightly orgies with the wives of the entire coaching staff).



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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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