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

Andre Johnson Requests a Trade from Texans


As the Cleveland sports world awaits word on LeBron James the Cleveland Browns await word on Josh Gordon. Hope sprung a bit that he would be suspended for less then a year but that hope has deflated in the wake of his recent arrest. Another big wide receiver is having troubles of his own. Andre Johnson, who has spent his entire career with the Houston Texans, has requested a trade according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

That furthered the divide between Johnson and the Texans, driving a wedge between the parties. That caused Johnson to tell them he wanted to play for another team. He is now working out, “not thinking about the Texans,” a source said.

From this report it looks like the standoff is due to a $1 million dollar workout bonus that Johnson wants the Texans to pay and they are reportedly not going to. Johnson missed some earlier off-season workouts but wanted to workout extra to make up for them and get his bonus. The Texans have reportedly said no.

This is an interesting stand for the team to take but new head coach Bill O’Brien could be trying to set the tone for his team. Yet losing your best receiver is never a good idea, right Browns fans? Johnson already had made his desire to possibly move on from the Texans rebuild known. To push him over the edge, after he seemed to be coming around, doesn’t create a sense that the team wants him back.

The Texans reportedly have said they won’t trade him but could that be a negotiating ploy? The report states that 4 teams have expressed interest in Johnson but no team is named. The Browns could be on the look out for a receiver given the Gordon situation but the fit with Johnson seems odd. He is a veteran wide receiver that wants to go to a team that is competitive right now. While the Browns have made significant strides the odds of them going deep into the playoffs this year seem low.

The Browns also have shown no interest in putting a great deal of resources into the receiver position. They did not spend big money in free agency and did not draft a single receiver this year. Trading a pick and take cap space for a receiver doesn’t fit what they have done so far. While the Browns have cap space this year it is important to remember that they have a few starters who will be looking for new contracts soon and cap space rolls over from year to year. Because of that, any space used this year won’t be available next year.

What do you think of the Browns pursuing Johnson?

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  • Sam Gold

    If the Browns become involved I will be very surprised. I think a team competing for a SB this year looks seriously at AJ and where AJ is interested in going; SF, SEA, DEN, NE, GB, NO would seem like a few likely suspects though I don’t know anything about the cap space of any of these teams.

  • Joe

    I do not believe that the Browns can not contend this year.
    They can win it all.
    Johnson’s contract is problematic because it could cost the Browns the ability to renew talented, young players whose contracts are expiring soon.

  • Jacob Barefoot

    Even if we miss out on johnson and the browns somehow sign him, the patriots would just pick up josh gordon if he gets cut, so win win either way. Such great dreams haha

  • theOtherJimBrown

    Let’s go with what we have. Our QB situation is not solved and until it is there is no plausible reason to throw this kind money at a high priced big name WR. Keep the cap space and hope to hell we find a diamond in the rough. Could be Charles Johnson, Chandler Jones or Jon Krause. Still believe will be a much stronger running team and that between Burleson, Austin and Armstrong we can get 100- 130 receptions. This will suffice should Cameron (80+ ?) reproduce his numbers from last season and Hawkins (50+ ?) shows why he was so feverishly chased to take over the slot. Right now we look to be scary between the hashes which should take a lot of pressure of of whoever the two wideouts end up being. We are certainly going to make a move in the division BUT WE WILL NOT COMPETE FOR THE AFCN TITLE THIS SEASON WITH EITHER HOYER OR MANZIEL THIS SEASON. Even with Johnson on board.