Andre Johnson to Leave Texans, Valuable WR Option
Andre Johnson and the Houston Texans will be severing ties after 12 brilliant seasons. Andre Johnson become the Texans’ first true superstar and led them on offense for years. Johnson has asked to be traded or cut and his agent was given permission to seek trade offers from other teams. That’s huge news for the Texans and huge news for everyone else across the league as well.
It’s sad news for the Texans, but great for everyone else in the AFC South as they know Johnson won’t be able to torment them twice a year.
It’s even better news for everyone else who may be hungry for a wide receiver during the 2015 NFL Free Agency period.
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Johnson could command some serious attention through trade. He’s had seven seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving and three seasons seasons with over 1,500 yards. While he may not be up to snuff at this point in his career, he is still a dependable target and has the potential to take control of any game. He’s still incredibly durable, missing only one game over the past three seasons.
A problem he may find in seeking a trade partner is that many teams may just wait for him to hit free agency, which would ensure the team doesn’t have to give up anything except money to get him. He is no longer the dominant player at his position so his value could decrease relative to some other premium talents during the 2015 free agency period.
Andre Johnson presents a valuable and intriguing option at a minimum. Teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars have got to be considering Johnson as an option as he becomes available. It’d be great for the Jags to be able to pick up a rival player and use him to thrash the Texans twice a year. He’d likely want to be with a contender, though.
No matter where he ends up, we here at B&T wish Johnson the best. He’s put together a hell of a career with the Texans and should be able to put together a good run in whatever greener pasture he ends up in this offseason. It’s been a pleasure seeing him play so much over the past 12 years.