Andre Johnson‘s week one status is now in question.
After missing the Houston’s training camp this June, Johnson announced he is unsure if he will be on the field for Houston’s week one game against Washington. When asked about the situation he told NFL.com, “I don’t know. I can’t answer that question.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 10, 2014
It is suspected that Andre Johnson’s change of heart is a result of his age and fear of spending his final career years playing on a team that is committed to rebuilding.
The soon-to-be 33 year old was optimistic when asked about the chances of him attending training camp, “Hopefully. We’ll see what happens. Training camp’s three weeks away, so we’ll see what happens.”
This marks the first time since May that Andre Johnson has made a comment about the situation. “I haven’t been public about anything,” Johnson said. “I just choose not to talk publicly about it. It’s in-house and that’s the way I choose to keep it. I’m not a big media guy, so I refuse to talk about it.”
Johnson has a history of missing the Texan’s engagements. Johnson skipped Houston’s voluntary workouts in May and chose not to show up for their OTA’s, or the mandatory training camp in June. According to NFL Media Insider, Ian Rapoport, before the OTAs and minicamp, Johnson told the Texans he had “heard enough from the new staff and coach Bill O’Brien to make him want to show up and join the team.”
Johnson told them of his plans to be there for offseason workouts, despite missing the early portion of it. The conversation revolved around a requested $1 million bonus for attending workouts.
A trade out would cost the Texans $12 million in dead money for 2014, and if he is unable to force a trade out of Houston he will be held to his contract through 2016.
There is a whole city and team of players who want Andre Johnson to stay in Houston and play for the Texans. If the two parties cannot come to an agreement it looks as though Andre Johnson will eventually be traded.
Andre Johnson is a elite receiver and will make a major impact on whatever team he plays for next season.
He has been through more downs than ups during his time in Houston, it is just unfortunate that he doesn’t want to stick around for the next era of Texan football.