By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on July 16, 2014
Future Hall of Fame WR Andre Johnson has asked to be traded by the Houston Texans for multiple reported reasons. After putting up over 12,000 receiving yards and almost 1,000 receptions over his 12-year career with the team, it seems unlikely for Johnson's wishes to be met.
Here are the five reasons why Andre Johnson should stay with the Texans.
Houston did a great job in the 2014 NFL Draft by adding a ton of talent ready to contribute immediately in the 2014 season. OLB Jadeveon Clowney, NT Louis Nix and OG Xavier Su'a-Filo will all contribute in a big way during their rookie seasons for Houston. Clowney, Nix and Su'a-Filo all had first-round talent and can be seen as upgrades at their respective positions. Houston has a young core to continue to grow around.
For years all we heard coming out of Houston were reports of how Johnson had to hold the passing game up all by himself as he had no other threat opposite him. Houston finally answered those claims by selecting WR DeAndre Hopkins in the 2013 NFL Draft to complement Johnson out wide and give the future Hall of Fame receiver some help. Hopkins came into his own last season and will only get better.
The Houston Texans are in one of the NFL's weakest divisions. Sure the Indianapolis Colts have one of the better young teams in the league, but outside of Indianapolis the division is wide open. The Jacksonville Jaguars did a decent job of filling holes this offseason but still have numerous question marks, and the Tennessee Titans have a new coaching staff and cannot seem to stay healthy. Houston can easily turn 2-14 into 10-6 if not better.
Johnson is entering his 13th professional season and just turned 33 years old on July 11. The former Miami Hurricane can still get the job done posting 109 receptions for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns with a trio of underachievers at the quarterback position in 2013, but Johnson's base salary of roughly $ 10 million in 2014, which could increase to $ 15 million with bonuses is quite off-putting. Not many teams can afford that price.
Simply put, Andre Johnson IS Houston. Johnson has been the team's best draft selection after becoming a franchise in the early 2000s. He has been one of the best receivers to ever play the game and has done it without becoming a problem-child over his 12-year career. After putting up almost 1,000 receptions for 12,661 yards and 77 touchdowns, Johnson should prove he is the ultimate franchise player by remaining a Houston Texan for life.
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