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 and 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.
Request a Trade
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.