The rumors of Andre Johnson requesting a trade and the likes of it happening appear confusing. Firstly, he did request a trade last week , and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport stated that four teams were interested in a trade.
Now, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain has stated that the team hopes to keep him with the Houston Texans for the rest of his career.
As McClain points out, the chances are very unlikely of him sitting out much longer, because he’ll forfeit $588,235 a week for every regular season week he sits out.
However, let’s take a moment and assume that Johnson does want to get traded. He’s going to be 33 by the time the season starts, and it’s an age where plenty of receivers start to decline in production.
Johnson is clearly lacking trust that the Texans rebuilding plan is going well, and that they aren’t good enough to compete for a Super Bowl. Assuming he does want to leave and join a contender, what could the Texans get?
In all honesty, not that much. He’ll carry a $15.6 million cap hit this year and $16.1 million next year. Teams will be very nervous about trading for a guy that old, with such a heavy cap hit. We saw Randy Moss and Chad Ochocinco, in their early 30’s, get traded to the New England Patriots for late draft picks.
Don’t expect the Texans to get a fortune for Johnson. A lot of people seem optimistic they’ll trade him to the New England Patriots and receive promising young quarterback Ryan Mallett. That seems unlikely now, as the Texans are committed to Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter, and the Patriots have plenty of young receivers they want to work with.
So if Johnson does demand a trade from the Texans, don’t expect them to get fair market value for him.