Johnson, 24, was taken in the first round of this year’s draft by the Texans. He signed a four-year, $10.04 million contract, which includes a base salary of $891,791 for the 2016 season.
It was mentioned earlier this week that Houston was expected to place him on injured reserve after sustaining a broken right foot during Week 6 against the Colts.
In 2016, Johnson has appeared in six games and recorded 25 tackles, no interceptions, a fumble recovery and three pass defenses for the Texans. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 cornerback out of 112 qualifying players.
Ballentine, 23, was taken in the seventh round by the Texans in the 2014 NFL draft. He managed to make the 53-man roster coming out of the preseason, but wound up being placed on season-ending injured reserve that season.
He has two years remaining on his four-year, $2,265,896 rookie contract that included a $45,896 signing bonus. Ballentine will make $525,000 (2016) and $690,000 (2017) over the remainder of the agreement.
Ballentine’s 2015 season came to an end after dislocating his left knee and tearing his MCL and PCLduring Week 6. He appeared in two games and recorded three tackles and a pass defense for Houston.