Potential Andre Johnson Trade Partners

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Andre Johnson is not a big Jadeveon Clowney fan.

Or a Tom Savage fan, for that matter.

Or… maybe he’s a Ryan Mallet fan?

Either way, the Houston Texans receiver doesn’t want to be here. He tried to warn us three months ago that he doesn’t want to rebuild, but some of y’all weren’t listening. And don’t say I didn’t try to warn you. This writing has been on the wall for awhile now. The Texans decided to draft another defensive player #1 overall this year and Johnson doesn’t want to hear all that noise. He’s “been down that road before” the star receiver confirmed and wonders “if this is still the place for [him].”

So where does that leave us?

I, for one, am somewhere in the middle. While I certainly don’t mind the Texans drafting the best player available, Andre does have a point: Why should he sit through another re-building period? He’s in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career and he deserves to be playing for a championship. However, the Texans can’t trade a pick if no one wants to pay them what they believe it’s worth. So they had to do what’s best for the team at that spot. And they did.

It takes two to tango, ‘Dre.

And yes, I have heard heard the retirement rumors, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Johnson is one year away from breaking into the Top 10 in both career receptions AND career yardage. Do you really just throw that away?

So here we are, J.D. Clowney is on the team now and Johnson wants out. Based on their draft results, the Texans are clearly moving to a more ground-and-pound team with a focus on defense and Johnson doesn’t agree with it. I don’t understand why though, because we have DeAndre Hopkins, so it will be harder for opponents to double (and triple) team him. With a stacked box and a solid receiver on the other side, Johnson should have more opportunity. This could take a lot of work off of his plate. Does he really think that 2013 bearded-Matt Schaub is that much better than 2014 bearded-Ryan Fitzpatrick (or one of the other non-bearded QBs for that matter)?

Apparently, so. But remember, Johnson was the one that agreed to re-structure his contract eight months ago, after all.

So if he wants to get traded, then let’s look at a couple of different places that might work out for him. Be aware, that Johnson does carry around a little less than $12 million in dead money; if he does – in fact – get traded. The other side has to have cap space to absorb his remaining contract. And if the Texans wait until after June 1st, they can split that money over this season and next. Houston would also save about $30 million dollars in cap space over the next two seasons. So I’m not sure why everyone is acting like this would be impossible to execute because of financials.

I realize that what I just said is that: I’m okay with paying the cornerstone of this shitty franchise $12 million to play football in another city, but sometimes you have to spend money to make money; and I’m cool with that. It’s hard to sign a franchise QB when your WR is the highest paid player in your division and the 10th highest cap hit IN THE ENTIRE CONFERENCE!!!!

Let’s not let the tail wag the dog on this franchise.

Truth-be-told, there’s no game-changing QB coming available next year via free agency, but that doesn’t mean that we have to spend our cap-money just for shits and gigs. If we can’t find our franchise QB on the roster this year, or in the draft next year leading up to the 2016 season, there’s a number of top signal callers that become available: Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Sam Bradford, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Cam Newton. With a number of great player-makers also available: C.J. Spiller, Jamaal Charles, Vernon Davis, Eric Berry, Jimmy Graham, A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Doesn’t that $30 million in cap space sound a lot better now?

So let’s look at our options:

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