With the start of OTA’s this week there has been one noticeable player to the Houston Texans roster not attending the late May practices … Andre Johnson.
ESPN.com wrote about the absence of Johnson at the first round of OTAs:
“The seven-time Pro Bowler said two weeks ago that he did not plan on attending OTAs or the Texans’ mandatory minicamp in June … Johnson has not attended any of the Texans’ offseason program, which began April 7.”
I know Johnson is unhappy and has every right to be, as he must be tired of losing, but he did sign a contract to play a game, and even though these practices aren’t “mandatory” the Texans really do need him there.
Yes, he wants the Texans to win more games, and yes, I think they should have done a little more to improve the QB position this offseason to help that to occur.
The QBs they have now won’t be as good without Johnson there learning the new system, and the Texans won’t improve without Johnson in the lineup.
We’ve all probably been frustrated with our jobs at one time or another, but I dream is to be frustrated play the game of football and getting paid to do so.
Nobody likes losing, I totally understand that, but he did sign the contract to be apart of the franchise (knowing the history of how the franchise has built teams in his tenure), so there is that as well.
As I wrote earlier this month, and I still believe this … the Texans and Johnson would each be doing themselves a favor if they just go their separate ways now. If that be by trade or agreeing to some type of release, this situation can’t continue to go on as first-year head coach Bill O’Brien works to rebuild this struggling franchise from a 2-14 season, as others will be soon to follow the lead of Johnson.
The Star-Ledger wrote about a potential trade of Johnson to the Jets:
“What could possibly be better for the competition at receiver—a position the Jets filled with bubble gum and masking tape last season—than to acquire a big, proven target like Andre Johnson?”
I don’t know if a deal with the Jets will ever happen, but new Jets running back Chris Johnson tweeted about bringing him to the Jets, being in favor of it.
What are your thoughts on this situation of Johnson? Let us know.