At a 1:30pm CST news conference Thursday hosted by the Texans and wide receiver Andre Johnson, the club announced that they had reached an agreement with the best wide receiver in football. To start off the news conference, general manager Texans Rick Smith said, “We’re here to announce the contract extension executed with wide receiver Andre Johnson…it will take him through 2016 essentially making him a Texan for life.”
When Andre Johnson took the microphone, he only had great things to say about the Texans and how glad he is to be a Texan for his entire NFL career. After thanking team owner Bob McNair and the Texans staff, Johnson went on to say, “I would like to thank my teammates for supporting me. I think missing those few days of OTA’s really blew things out of proportion, but today I’m very happy that we were able to get everything settled and I can move forward with football. I always said I wanted to play for one team, and to be able to play for the Houston Texans for the rest of my career is a tremendous honor.”
Johnson also gave some good words for the city of Houston. “I always said that I wanted to be a part of something special, and I knew that coming to a new organization that things were going to be a little rough in the beginning. Now I feel like things are taking that turn for us. I’m very excited for this upcoming season. I know the fans are excited. The whole city of Houston is excited. We’re going to give them something to be excited about.”
UPDATE: Including the 5 years and $35 million left on the last contract, Andre Johnson’s deal is worth 7 years for $73.5 million. He’ll average $10.5 million per year.