In all honesty, I’m not sure there’s going to be a “next move” for the Houston Texans. If the Texans want to make Andre Johnson happy, they have two options right now. The first option would be to pay their star wide receiver a big contract, and one that he probably deserves. The other option would be to simply trade him and honor his request to play 2014 with a different team. Both options are obviously not what the Texans are interested in doing, but it’s something they’ll have to decide on.
So if they don’t trade him, or give him a new deal, what happens next? Apparently, the Texans are completely fine with just letting Johnson sit out and receive fines from the team. This is an interesting spot, and it’s going to be one of those situations where we have to see who blinks first. Unfortunately for Johnson, the Texans do have the power here.
I understand Johnson’s frustration with this situation, as he’s hoping that his 2-14 Texans team can improve, and doesn’t believe it’s going to happen with Ryan Fitzpatrick leading the charge. It hasn’t been publicly stated, I don’t believe at least, that a new contract would make Johnson happy in Houston, but I strongly believe that it would be a massive step in the right direction.
The Texans have a bright future, but they need to get Johnson to buy in to their plan that they can create a contender within the next season or two. It’s going to be tough to do, but I believe the Texans have the talent, especially if they can find the answer at quarterback.