It is being reported this evening that the Houston Texans have granted permission to veteran receiver Andre Johnson and his agent to seek a trade. The Houston Chronicle reports that is a trade cannot be worked out, the team will simply release the team’s all-time leading receiver. With the Texans moving in another direction and Johnson soon to be 34 years of age, his base salary of $10.5 million in 2015 is simply too much for the Texans to absorb. Despite reports in recent weeks that Johnson was willing to take a pay cut, the team appears ready to move on with DeAndre Hopkins filling the role of number one receiver. So what’s in store for Johnson here in the twilight of his career?
Certainly the 12-year veteran would like the opportunity to move on to a team poised to win a championship. If that is the case, the veteran receiver who has never logged double digit touchdowns in a season, is going to have to come at a massive discount. The New England Patriots are always rumored to be in the mix for a veteran receiver, but as they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy this year, they did so with the likes of Julian Edleman and Danny Amendola catching passes from Tom Brady. Nothing new here. Move along.
The runners-up last year in the Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks, could use some receiving help and Johnson’s big body would help the squad right out of the gate. However, how does he fit in the cap situation? According to several various websites which track salary cap numbers, Seattle is about $25 million under the cap with QB Russell Wilson needing a new deal and Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh tossing out hints that he would like to play for the Seahawks next season.
There are several potential landing spots for Johnson if he’s just all about the money. Oakland, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Minnesota. San Francisco and Philadelphia pose some interesting options as well. The Niners have a new coaching regime, I believe they take a step back in 2015. The quarterback situation is not quite clear in Philly. Is Nick Foles the man or not?
The team I think would be a perfect fit for Andre Johnson is the Indianapolis Colts. The team is right on the cusp of the Super Bowl. Andrew Luck continues to improve every season. This team is $44 million dollars under the salary cap. WR Reggie Wayne is running on fumes. Bring Johnson in, you can get three seasons out of him, provide some veteran leadership in the locker room while giving your quarterback a receiver that will log well over 80 catches a year while possessing a massive frame down around the goal line.
Texans fans are not going to like the suggestion, throwing out the option of Johnson going to a divisional rival, but it just makes sense. He has languished in Houston for far too long. Yes, his skills are declining, but he’s going to be 34 in July. He is still a 80-900-9 stat line kind of guy. Reggie Wayne wasn’t that kind of guy last season and pairing Johnson up with T.Y Hilton, it could be a special offense next season.