Things have officially imploded this season for the Houston Texans. The state of the team was not good coming into week 11, but after a late-game spat between Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub, it’s starting to get ugly in Houston.
After the contest, and the Texans’ eighth straight loss, Johnson vented his frustrations:
“I’m under contract, so I have to play my contract out. I can’t do anything about that… I’ve always said this is where I wanted to be, so I don’t really have anything to say about that. I still have an ongoing contract.”
The wide receiver’s comments obviously speak volumes. Johnson is the team’s top remaining offensive weapon and at 32-years of age, you have to wonder if he’ll want to stick around while the Texans rebuild over the next couple of seasons.
To be clear, I don’t think Houston is in a ‘blow it up’ situation. There are lots of changes to be made and players to make decisions on, but this group of guys is not far away from being right back in contention in 2014. But even with that possible reality, is it better to trade Johnson now and get some assets in return to help retool the team?
Even if they wanted to, I don’t think it would be easy for the Texans to trade Johnson. He’s set to make an average of about $14 million per season over the next three years. That’s a lot of money for an aging wide receiver. But you never know if he would be open to the idea of a restructure if he could land with a contender.
As of now, I’d say there’s very little chance of the Texans trading Johnson. But if he truly doesn’t want to be there and they can find a team to deal with, it would save the Texans a lot of money and get them a few more draft picks to work with over the next couple of years.