The Houston Texans need to keep Andre Johnson, for at least one more year. Why? Because, he is crucial to their success. He is the franchise’s most consistent, greatest and most iconic player in team history.
He has 12,661 receiving yards on 927 receptions and 61 touchdowns, and has seven 1,000 receiving yards campaigns.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the team’s starting quarterback, and he needs to have Johnson as a legitimate threat on offense. If Johnson leaves the team, then counting on sophomore DeAndre Hopkins to carry the passing game will be too much. Aside from him, the Texans don’t have any receivers that scare other teams.
If the Texans are far out of the playoff race around the trade deadline during the season, then they can find a contender that will take him. Otherwise, they can hold onto him for the season and look to deal him in 2015, when another hefty year on his contract is taken up.
But for now, the Texans need to keep him in hopes of making the playoffs. If he leaves, then their chances of making the playoffs take a huge hit.