Houston Texans star wide receiver is a man of his word, and is willing to lose $1 million dollars in bonuses to skip workouts. Johnson is upset with the Texans for choosing to rebuild yet again while the receiver is already at the tail end of his career.
Despite him signing a deal that made him NFL’s top paid wide out, Johnson is upset with the organization for not drafting a quarterback higher in the draft. While Johnson may have a legitimate beef with the team for not taking a quarterback higher, sitting out is not the answer.
Yes, the Texans needed help tremendously at that position, but with a new head coaching regime and a quarterback class not exactly wowing scouts coming into this draft, the Texans had good reason to wait it out. Jadaveon Clowney was the clear cut number one draft pick, and was also the draft’s best player this year so it was a no brainer for the Texans to take him. With Bill O’ Brien in town, a resurgence has begun with this team in a positive way, and most believe the Texans are headed in the right direction.
The Texans do not need to go the Cleveland Cavaliers route, and just wait it out and let Johnson continue to be a distraction. Deal him to a contender who is one receiver away from being a Superbowl favorite and take as many quality picks as possible and call it a day.
The 34-year old receiver may be up their in age, but is certainly not chopped liver. Just check out his numbers in the 2013-2014 season; an impressive 109 receptions, 1,407 yards and 5 TD’s. There is no need to dwell on a guy who won’t buy into a system. This off-season we’ve already seen the Philadelphia Eagles release their star receiver Desean Jackson, and let him sign with a division rival Washington Redskins because he did not buy in to system and coach.
Am I implying Texans utilize that same strategy? Not at all, you do not let a player as coveted as Andre Johnson walk for nothing, but messing up team chemistry and putting a dark cloud over the new coach is not a good idea as well.
The Texans are not the type of organization to make these kinds of gut check moves to send a message to the other players in the locker room that nobody is above the team, but with a new coaching regime on hand that resembles the New England Patriots, things might be changing.
How do you think the Texans should proceed?