It was a little over a week that Texans WR Andre Johnson first expressed his frustrations with the current state of team, which led to plenty of speculation that he could request a trade out of Houston.
As of now, Johnson has not done so. Talks between Johnson and new HC Bill O’Brien have reportedly been positive, so there doesn’t appear to be major issues as of now.
Johnson has already said that he has no plans to attend the Texan’s voluntary OTAs next week, but Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Johnson is unlikely to attend mandatory minicamp as well.
Skipping mandatory workouts during the first year of a leadership change isn’t going to prevent more rumors about him wanting out of his current situation in Houston.
There is no question that he would prefer to not go through another rebuilding phase, but he also doesn’t have many options at this point in time.
His salary limits the number of teams that could actually afford to take on his contract. Most of the teams with a lot of space are currently in the rebuilding process while only a few contenders could make such a move.
As of now, the Bengals, Eagles, Packers , and Colts as the only teams who could currently take on his contract and possibly give him a chance to compete for a title, but most of them have already address the receiver position.
Johnson, 32, still has three years remaining on his seven-year, $62.7 million contract. He’s set to make $6.5 million for the 2014 season before his base salary increases to $10.5 million in 2015.
In 2013, Johnson caught 109 passes for 1,407 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more regarding Johnson in the coming weeks.