With yesterday's report that Andre Johnson has informed the Texans that he wants to play for another team, we must examine the fallout on this, The Day After Andre Johnson Allegedly Told The Texans He Wants Out (hereinafter "TDAAJATTTHWO"). Some tweets to consider on TDAAJATTTHWO...
On Andre Johnson: Source tells me he would restructure his contract to help a potential new team get under the salary cap. Not a pay cut tho— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 11, 2014
If true, that's a big deal. It lends credence to those who think the source of the entire dispute between the Texans and 'Dre is money (as opposed to frustration with another rebuild, or a personality clash, or angst about the future of the euro). Andre Johnson will restructure to go elsewhere, but he's not willing to take a pay cut to do it. He doesn't want out of Houston so badly that he'll take home any less money than what's detailed in his contract.
Why did I mention #Raiders as possible landing spot for Andre Johnson (assuming he’s OK with it)? He shares an agent with GM Reggie McKenzie— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 11, 2014
Let's all gloss over irrelevant minutiae like whether the Raiders would be willing to pay Andre Johnson, or surrender the assets necessary to get him, and/or if the Texans are even amenable to a trade at all (which, for purely cap/dead money reasons, they may not be). 'Dre and the Raiders' general manager share an agent. It's kismet.
By the way, Bob McNair wants Andre Johnson to finish his career as a Texan. So he will. No trade. No cut. Report of retire.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) July 11, 2014
That's rather stark. I'm sure Bob McNair does want Andre Johnson to retire a Texan. That doesn't mean it'll happen. Wish in one hand and...well, you know the old adage about seeing which will fill up first.
When season begins and big checks come in, Johnson makes $588,000 and change a week. He's 33 today. Happy Birthday Andre!— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) July 11, 2014
Yes, happy birthday, 'Dre! I'm sure the media swirl is precisely what you, a man not known for seeking out the limelight, wanted for your birthday.
When Johnson finally reports, it'll be bidness as usual. He'll be a pro. This dispute will be put behind him, and he'll excel.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) July 11, 2014
I can't find one legit reason why the Texans should trade Andre Johnson. Why would they?— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) July 11, 2014
While I think there are certainly reasons the Texans could trade Andre Johnson, I don't know that there are any reasons why the Texans SHOULD trade him. What say you?