Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson wondered aloud about his future with the team Tuesday, telling the Houston Chronicle he was not on board with another rebuild.
“Nobody’s been here as long as I have," Johnson said following a charity event. "You just kind of look at things. I've been thinking about things this offseason. And I just kind of wonder sometimes, 'Is this still the place for me?'"
The 32-year-old Johnson is entering his 12th season with the Texans. He was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2003 draft and leads the franchise in all-time receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He played in all 16 games last season, catching 109 passes for 1,407 yards.
The Texans won their first two games last season before losing their final 14, earning the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. More from the Chronicle:
“I just look at my career. … I’ve only been to the playoffs twice. I think we’ve only had three winning seasons,” said Johnson, who at least twice last season expressed his frustration on the field during games. “I don’t think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating. And this offseason has been very frustrating for me; beginning of the offseason, I should say. That’s just kind of where I’m at right now.”
In all my years of covering the NFL, I've never known a player more professional than Andre Johnson. U can imagine what big news this is.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) May 13, 2014
Johnson's comments have made waves around the league. The Texans refused comment Tuesday, but the natural question from fans of other teams is: what would it take to get him?
NFL.com's Around the League blog estimates Johnson's value at a second-round pick. Johnson has three years and $34.5 million remaining on his contract. The Texans and Patriots still have a "mutual" interest in a Ryan Mallett trade, according to NFL.com, so there could be a starting point there. But any kind of Johnson trade would leave nearly $12 million in dead money against Houston's salary cap.
The Texans could also cut Johnson, opening the door for another team to sign him. Even so, the Patriots would have to do some financial gymnastics to make it work unless Johnson takes a drastically discounted deal to go to a contender.