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Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) smiles after the game against the Denver Broncos at Reliant Stadium. The Broncos won 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Johnson to the Browns if the Price is Right?

It’s no secret there is some type of punishment awaiting wide receiver Josh Gordon in the coming weeks when the NFL weighs in on the apparent drug test he failed.

The only question it seems is not if he will be punished, but how long the punishment will last.  News broke yesterday in NFL

Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

circles, that the NFL is looking to revamp its drug policy, as it pertains to illegal substances such as marijuana, which is rumored to be the substance found in Gordon’s failed drug test.

Obviously, even with a rules change, there is no helping Gordon if he indeed failed the test and the reports are all true.

So as it stands, under the NFL drug policy, if in fact Gordon tested positive for marijuana, he will be suspended for the entire 2014 season, barring an appeal in which he either wins and gets the sentence reduced completely, or has it lessened.

In the meantime, what do the Browns do at the number one receiver spot if Gordon is indeed banned from playing the entire 2014 season?

Yesterday, a report out of Houston had 11-year veteran Andre Johnson, who has been to the playoffs just twice in his Texans career hinted on Tuesday that he doesn’t want to spend the last years of his playing career for a team in rebuilding mode.  Johnson doesn’t think Houston is building a contender, either, saying that the team’s offseason moves have been “very frustrating.”

“I just look at my career … I’ve only been to the playoffs twice. I think we’ve only had three winning seasons,” Johnson said. “I don’t think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating. And this offseason has been very frustrating for me; beginning of the offseason, I should say. That’s just kind of where I’m at right now.”

With that being said, is it preposterous to believe maybe, just maybe, Johnson would consider a deal that would send him to Cleveland?

It’s no secret Johnson thinks very highly of newly drafted Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.  It was back in February when asked about the Texans own draft plans, he had nothing but praise for “Johnny Football.”

“[Manziel] seems like a good kid. Very into football,” Johnson said. “He’s exciting. He’s an exciting player to watch. I enjoyed watching him in college. He doesn’t have the name Johnny Football for nothing. I think he’s a great player.”

Obviously the Browns are in a rebuilding mode, but is it far-fetched to believe they aren’t far off from challenging for the division and securing a playoff spot, either by winning the division outright, or landing one of the wild card spots.  Of course that thought is more feasible with Josh Gordon in the lineup, as opposed to out of it.

However,  could these expectations be realized with a dominating veteran receiver such as Andre Johnson coming in to take the place of Gordon?

Let’s say Johnson would be on board with a trade that would send him to Cleveland.

How much would the Browns be willing to give up for a player of Johnson’s caliber?

As great as that scenario would be for the Browns, the question is how much would the Texans’ want back in return for the aging 11- year veteran?

Would they want one of next years first round picks? A second rounder?

Obviously, this is all just speculation at this point, but if the Browns were faced with this scenario in their laps would they pull the trigger on a deal if the price was right?

We would love to hear you weigh in on the possibility below and take part in our poll…

Let us know what you the “fan” are thinking!!

Would you want Andre Johnson in Cleveland and if so, what would you be willing to give up for him if you are GM Ray Farmer?

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  • Scifibookguy

    No thanks, he’d be too expensive.

    • Rick

      You don’t know that.

      • Mike

        Would be interesting to see how a scenario like this would play out, but realistically I don’t think the Texans would even consider getting rid of him unless it was an out of this world offer. If they dealt him the Texans would have to eat $12 million…That is a huge number to say the least

    • trinity

      It’s not about money to him at this point. It’s about getting a ring. But he still shouldn’t go to Cleveland because he wouldn’t get a ring there. He’s going to stay in Houston or go to a contender.

      • Scifibookguy

        I’m not referring to the dollar amount, I mean expensive in terms of what Houston would want for a draft pick.

  • Jared Mueller

    If we didn’t need a ton of money to re-sign Taylor, Cameron, Sheard, etc next year I would be all for it. Still like the idea a lot. That we can roll over cap space makes it more difficult.

    • Austin sidbeck

      We will have more than enough money we will let one of them go remember we have two first rounders for next year that we could address the defensive tackle so i say go for it but do not give up a 1st or 2nd for him

  • William Scott Eltzroth

    Texans will still be forced to pay him 11 million dollars of guarenteed contract. He could help us by signing for a small contract of 3 years. We wouldnt need to give up any of our own draft picks. Just offer up the 4th rounder from Buffalo and the 6th rounder from Baltimore. They will trade him in order to take off 4 million of their salary cap. They wont want him there unhappy and if they wont trade him, he may dog training camp and try for a straight up release. The Texans may as well get something for him.

    • Joe

      Good points, and that is what Ray Farmer meant when he stated that the Browns will have options.

  • thorsmjollnir

    No higher than a 4th rounder

  • jervette121

    Bring both Johnson’s to Cleveland! Andre and Calvin!!! We have the money and according to the last couple articles they are available for the right price. “BELIEVELAND”

    • trinity

      Get real. These guys want rings at this point, and that isn’t happening in Cleveland

      • Austin sidbeck

        Tell me how it will not happen.

    • Austin sidbeck

      We will not get calvin jhonson i have no clue what kind of drugs you are smoking

      • jervette121

        Well I haven’t been hanging out with flash Gordon but was simply just referring back to a previous article on here.

  • trinity

    Andre wants to win a championship. That’s the priority, and that’s not happening anytime soon in Cleveland. He will probably go to New England if anywhere

    • jervette121

      A guy can dream! Wouldn’t be too far from a ring with an arsenal like this.

    • jervette121

      Johnson and Johnson is just what we need to powder Johnny football’s baby a$$.

    • Austin sidbeck

      We have a real good chance to win a superbowl if we get him we will have a top 5 offense, aince ours was 11th last year and our defense will be a top eight defense. We will be way better than denver if we get him. We will have an elite offense and defense

      • trinity

        Hahahahahahahahahaha. Did you just say better than Denver? Lmao! I don’t know what drug you’re on dude. You just completely lost all credibility there. Cleveland, better than one of the greatest offenses we’ve ever seen in league history. That’s the funniest, stupidest shit I’ve ever heard lol.

        • Austin sidbeck

          I got carried away their but we would have an elite offense

  • Joe

    Seems like a good guy, but will he think Cleveland is on the verge of a playoff berth?
    Doubtful he would approve the trade, and the Browns should give up no more than a 3rd-rounder.
    Love to have him, however.

  • Gary

    If he said he didn’t want to play for a rebuilding team, why would he consider Cleveland?
    Not that I wouldn’t want to have him, but Cleveland is a rebuilding team too.

  • Matthew Pieri

    Trade Manziel to Houston for Johnson straight up. Let Texas have JFF fever.