Houston Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson has made it clear that he’s upset with the organization, and it has everything to do with the team’s quarterback situation. Trading Matt Schaub for a sixth-round pick made sense after his horrific 2013 season, but I’m sure Johnson has a bone to pick with the Texans decision to wait until the middle rounds to draft Tom Savage. Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like the Texans starter for Week 1, though Savage and Case Keenum will also get a fair shake (Savage seemingly moreso than Keenum).
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning that Johnson reported to the Texans facilities for the first day of training camp, so he isn’t going to hold out. He hasn’t suddenly become happy with the Texans or their QB situation, but I guess he figured that holding out for a trade would be a fruitless endeavor. The Texans aren’t about to trade one of the best receivers in the game for pennies on the dollar, and his status as a franchise icon who has been with the team for his entire 11-year career has to be factor as well.
Johnson will make $6.5 million this upcoming season, and that number will skyrocket to $10.5 million and $11 million in the final two years of his deal. He’s coming off of the fifth 100-catch season of his career after hauling in 109 passes for 1,407 yards despite terrible quarterback play, and that speaks volumes about his ability as a receiver. No matter who throws him the football, Johnson will still make his presence felt in a massive way.