Houston Forward Times

16 July 2014 Written by  Nicholas A. Norman

Andre Johnson officially requests to be traded from the Houston Texans

 Andre Johnson isn’t happy with the Houston Texans and he has made it pretty clear he doesn’t plan on coming back until they do something to make him happy. He won’t say in the media what the Texans need to do to make him happy. 

He was quoted saying, “I just choose not to talk publicly about it,” Johnson said. “It’s in-house and that’s the way I choose to keep it. I’m not a big media guy, so I won’t — you know, I refuse to talk about it. Training camp’s a few weeks away, so we’ll see what happens.”

Johnson obviously doesn’t want to be part of the rebuilding effort in Houston; he is 32 years old and doesn’t have a lot of time left in the league, who can really blame the guy. Johnson has a few options most of which will cost him a lot of money; let’s take a look at each option.

Johnson could just decide to retire and not play. This would cost him his $10 million dollar base salary this year. The Texans could also go after Johnson for his previously earned bonus money, to the tune of $8.7 million dollars. Would Johnson walk away from $18.7 million dollars? He is also set to make $10.5 million in 2015 and $11 million in 2016, which is a lot of money to leave on the table.

Johnson has requested a trade and four teams are interested, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. This would be a very hard deal to swing anyway. Johnson’s salary would come into play, any team trading for him will want him to restructure his pay and take less. He sounds like he wants out so he might be willing to take less, but the Texans still have to agree to the deal.

The Houston Texans have had many high and low highlights in their existence, but one thing that has always been consistent is Andre Johnson’s play. Since being drafted 3rd overall by the Texans, Johnson has been an amazing player who has put up Hall of Fame-like numbers.

Johnson did not attend the team’s offseason workouts, losing a $1 million roster bonus as a result of his absence. He is reportedly seeking to regain the bonus before he agrees to rejoin the Texans.

Johnson said in May he planned to miss organized team activities and a mandatory minicamp, holding out while he evaluated his future with a rebuilding franchise. While Johnson has been in a public stalemate with the Texans for nearly two months, Thursday’s story is the first time Johnson has reportedly requested an official separation from the only team he’s ever played for.

Johnson told NFL.com Wednesday that he’s unsure whether he’ll be in uniform when the team hosts the Washington Redskins on Sept. 7 in a Week 1 matchup at NRG Stadium.

“I don’t know,” Johnson said, while appearing at a Nike event in Oregon. “I can’t answer that question.”

Johnson, 32, is set to be the Texans’ highest-paid player this season, making a base salary of $10 million with a salary cap figure of $15.6 million. The seven-time Pro Bowler can be fined $30,000 for each day he misses training camp, which begins in late July.