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Texans tack on two years to Andre Johnson's never-ending deal

A. Johnson4.jpgAndre Johnson’s contract will outlast us all.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Johnson’s new deal will be a two-year extension worth $38.5 million through 2016.  Based on the league’s rotating schedule and other calculations, PFT can estimate that the final game of Johnson’s deal will take place against the London Towers in Week Eighteen, January 2017.

The new deal adds $13 million guaranteed in new money.  The total contract is worth $73.5 million over ten years.

Since we don’t know the exact structure of the contract, it’s not worth speculating whether it truly makes Johnson the highest paid receiver in the league.  We do know that Johnson likely received more upfront guaranteed money, which had Johnson smiling wide on Thursday.

“Words can’t describe it,” Johnson said.  “To be able to play for the Houston Texans for the rest of my career is a tremendous honor.”

Johnson shouldn’t be the only one smiling.  Other elite NFL players (and their agents) can use A.J. as an example of a player that got paid big extra bucks despite having many years left on his existing deal.

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41 Responses to “Texans tack on two years to Andre Johnson's never-ending deal”
  1. TheRealSteveSmith says: Aug 5, 2010 3:30 PM

    England can’t have a team until they start saying “soccer”

  2. SBS0311 says: Aug 5, 2010 3:31 PM

    The Jets would be singing and dancing if Revis was reasonable enough to use Johnson’s contract as an example.

  3. FlorioObjection says: Aug 5, 2010 3:32 PM

    Uh Oh – There goes the collusion myth…

  4. ozu says: Aug 5, 2010 3:32 PM

    $73.5 million over 7 years, not 10.

  5. kazkal says: Aug 5, 2010 3:33 PM

    AJ Hasn’t held out though Chad Johnson was Restructured plenty of times before the deal ran up because he kept quiet (until 2008 where he went crazy)

  6. $MurfMoney$ says: Aug 5, 2010 3:33 PM

    To never win anything in my entire career will be such an honor!!!!!

  7. Bullet says: Aug 5, 2010 3:33 PM

    Glad to see a stand up guy like AJ is getting paid like he should. He is the best at his position and is getting paid like it now. Go Texans… Playoff bound this year!!!!

  8. wooder46 says: Aug 5, 2010 3:33 PM

    So will he renegotiate again when the enhanced season takes effect? This contract was only good for 16 games, if they play 18 games it is time for a whole new deal!?!

  9. TryTheVeal says: Aug 5, 2010 3:35 PM

    And somewhere in Tennessee…Chris Johnson has instructed his interpreter to dial his agent as we speak….

  10. Winston Wolfe says: Aug 5, 2010 3:35 PM

    Johnson will be playing long enough to see the demise ProFootballTalk. Yeah!

  11. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Aug 5, 2010 3:35 PM

    I Think Houston just ruined it for the other 31 teams, and Chris Johnson is doing the humpty dance somewhere.

  12. CanadianVikingFan says: Aug 5, 2010 3:36 PM

    TheRealSteveSmith says:
    August 5, 2010 3:30 PM
    England can’t have a team until they start saying “soccer”
    ———————–
    They can’t have a team until they acknowledge that football is a harder hitting sport than rugby, and that you need pads or you are dead.

  13. ChillyP says: Aug 5, 2010 3:36 PM

    Now here comes the twisted ankle in the first game.

  14. Tcostant says: Aug 5, 2010 3:38 PM

    I think he’ll still be on my fantasy team in 2016. He is that good!

  15. Polorl69 says: Aug 5, 2010 3:40 PM

    LOL @ TryTheVeal

  16. Corey says: Aug 5, 2010 3:41 PM

    @therealstevesmith:England can’t have a team until they start saying “soccer”
    hahaaaaaaa

  17. TheOne says: Aug 5, 2010 3:43 PM

    $73.5 million over ten years? that is only 7.35 a year, that is less then Brandon Marhsall a year by half isnt it?

  18. MrHumble says: Aug 5, 2010 3:47 PM

    Let’s just hope the saints aren’t on the texan’s schedule, would hate to have A.J. receive one of Williams “messages”……oh that’s right wr’s are given a pass, it would be Matt Schaub that better look out!! Williams, what a tool!!!! I think he is preparing for a life after football, to become a WWF wrestler or “manager”, LMAO

  19. habibfromnewdehli says: Aug 5, 2010 3:50 PM

    So if a team offers the Texans all of their picks for the 2011 draft, plus their 1st round pick in 2012…
    Johnson no longer gets his wish to be a Texan for the rest of his career?

  20. cleanface says: Aug 5, 2010 3:52 PM

    I’m confused by this post. Where is the part about Brett Favre?

  21. sonvar says: Aug 5, 2010 3:54 PM

    Now it’s more a matter of how many games he’ll actually be healthy enough to play in over the course of his entire contract

  22. Fogs77 says: Aug 5, 2010 4:00 PM

    Not worth speculating?? It’s all you and Floria every do.

  23. HOU59FAN says: Aug 5, 2010 4:04 PM

    It’s worth $73.5 million over 7 years, not 10 years. It also has incentives to make it worth even more. get your story straight.
    Great for Andre Johnson, and the Houston Texans.

  24. T-Bone says: Aug 5, 2010 4:05 PM

    “Since we don’t know the exact structure of the contract, it’s not worth speculating whether it truly makes Johnson the highest paid receiver in the league. ”
    What are you talking about? Usually all you do is “speculate”… oh.. Rosenthal wrote this… never mind.

  25. Danwhitmer says: Aug 5, 2010 4:17 PM

    @Hou59fan
    It all depends on how the structure the deal. He might get paid 15 mil year 1 16 mil year 2 17 mil year 3 then work its way down from there. Who knows how they did the deal. I am sure it will come out soon

  26. edgy says: Aug 5, 2010 4:27 PM

    You know that the Colts and the Patriots are seething about this.

  27. SuperBowl50 says: Aug 5, 2010 4:41 PM

    This guy is a nobody playing for a nobody team.

  28. Saintnation says: Aug 5, 2010 4:42 PM

    “And somewhere in Tennessee…Chris Johnson has instructed his interpreter to dial his agent as we speak….”
    ___________________________________
    Priceless, hats off to you sir.

  29. Alualuwho says: Aug 5, 2010 4:43 PM

    Brett Favre.

  30. GaDawgATL says: Aug 5, 2010 4:45 PM

    He is a good player but to limit his self to the Texans forever doesn’t seem like a good move. They are still trying to make Matt Shaub a starting QB.

  31. lskynard87 says: Aug 5, 2010 5:19 PM

    Ryan Leaf is to Peyton Manning, as Charles Rogers is to Andre Johnson.
    As a Vikings fan, I applaud Millen’s most epic blunder.

  32. TheCD says: Aug 5, 2010 6:31 PM

    “GaDawgATL says: August 5, 2010 4:45 PM He is a good player but to limit his self to the Texans forever doesn’t seem like a good move. They are still trying to make Matt Shaub a starting QB.”
    You obviously did not see Schaub play last year.

  33. jas7n says: Aug 5, 2010 6:36 PM

    sounds to me like all he really got was two more years at 6.5 mil each… 5 years from now, when that’s already a low base salary for a top 3 WR.
    i’m sure they moved up some money to placate him but he’ll be angry with this contract again in a year or so and now they own his rights for basically the remainder of his career.
    the NFL & the NFLPA really need to take a realistic look at how they write these contracts while they’ve got the chance, because this stuff is going to get uglier and more ridiculous each year.

  34. edgy says: Aug 5, 2010 7:18 PM

    BTW, here’s an interesting post from the Sports Agents Blog:
    Jack Bechta was told by a General Manager he knows, that he likes keeping the rookies poor and hungry until camp. Therefore, he directs the salary cap manager to hold off negotiating until after the July 4th weekend.
    Additionally, Bechta stated “If it were up to the agents, all the rookie deals would be done within a few weeks after the draft. The players would have their money, the financial consultants could start their planning, and the players could get set up in their new city.”

    Seems like a lot of people hold the “greedy” players and their agents responsible but…

  35. jas7n says: Aug 5, 2010 8:39 PM

    edgy says:
    “Jack Bechta was told by a General Manager he knows, that he likes keeping the rookies poor and hungry until camp.”
    “If it were up to the agents, all the rookie deals would be done within a few weeks after the draft.”
    i’ve got a bridge to sell anyone who believes that garbage. just THINK for a second,
    A) TEAMS are risking holdouts just to keep their players “hungry” during OTAs? … cause they’re not coming to camp without a contract right.
    or
    B) agents are fighting tooth and nail to get every dollar they can on behalf of a guy who might never get another contract (earn them another percentage) and/or impress future, potential clients.
    the simplest answer is usually the correct one and following “interesting” trains of thoughts just to appear more intelligent or observant actually makes you look very stupid.

  36. edgy says: Aug 5, 2010 9:54 PM

    # jas7n says:
    the simplest answer is usually the correct one and following “interesting” trains of thoughts just to appear more intelligent or observant actually makes you look very stupid.
    **********************
    You do realize, you boob, that MANDATORY mini camps for rookies started ONE WEEK after the draft and they showed up without the security of a contract and most were severely under insured if they had gotten hurt and had career ending injuries. Teams don’t have a problem with signing UNDRAFTED rookies within hours after the draft because most of them don’t get bonus money and until they show up for the regular season and play, they don’t get anything more than a nominal rookie wage for mini camps and the preseason and then they get 17 equal checks when the season starts. Until the season starts, players don’t get any money except bonus money and their nominal wage and the agents don’t get a penny until the contract is signed.
    Do you think that the agents are happy to have their UNSIGNED and UNDER INSURED clients are risking their careers. I realize that there isn’t any hitting but one bad slip and you’ve got a torn ACL/MCL or a high ankle sprain.
    Agents want their players signed as soon as possible because the longer that the process goes on, the more it costs THEM.
    The NBA has a rookie wage scale and — wait for it – there are several first round picks who aren’t signed and their agents aren’t going to get any more money out of the teams by holding out.

  37. ceetown22 says: Aug 5, 2010 10:45 PM

    jas7n says:
    August 5, 2010 6:36 PM
    sounds to me like all he really got was two more years at 6.5 mil each… 5 years from now, when that’s already a low base salary for a top 3 WR.
    The post said the deal adds $13 mill in GUARANTEED money,2 years $38.5 mill overall. So that’s more like 19.25 per season avg with 6.5 of that guaranteed…. kind of like fat albert got 7 yrs 100 mill, with 41 guaranteed or 14.28 per season avg
    HAIL SKINS!

  38. jas7n says: Aug 5, 2010 11:13 PM

    there’s no such thing as a “mandatory rookie camp” as an unsigned draft pick is not yet under contract with the team, tough guy.
    the NBA wage scale is based on a slotted number. teams are allowed to pay anywhere from 80-120% of that number. there is still quite a bit of negotiation and just like NFL draft picks, NBA draft picks attend summer league and other activities as a courtesy and show of good faith.
    my point was that it’s already understood that draft picks regularly attend OTAs without a contract. it’s also understood that they won’t be doing the same for training camp. how is it motivational to withhold a contract during activities that almost every player already attends regularly without one? furthermore a team is losing valuable time with a player every day he holds out. no GM in his right mind would consider your made up hunger to be worth more than that time.
    no first round pick is under insured. look at the suits and watches they wear TO THE DRAFT. look at the cars they drive to off-season activities. your precious agents are very smart and this ain’t their first rodeo, they know how to protect and coddle their clients until the ink is dry on their contracts.
    Michael Crabtree’s contract had $17 million dollars in guarantees after his holdout. how exactly did Eugene Parker spend enough to LOSE money on a deal like that?
    you didn’t make a single cogent point in all that. you’re either very dumb, very naive or most likely just want to win an internet argument. i’ll leave you too that Sunshine.

  39. jas7n says: Aug 6, 2010 11:57 AM

    ceetown22
    “The post said the deal adds $13 mill in GUARANTEED money,2 years $38.5 mill overall. So that’s more like 19.25 per season avg with 6.5 of that guaranteed…. kind of like fat albert got 7 yrs 100 mill, with 41 guaranteed or 14.28 per season avg”
    is the post going to pay him those incentives that he’ll never earn? why would you bother to CAPITALIZE guaranteed and reference the Haynesworth contract if you didn’t realize the difference between guaranteed money and the fluff that most NFL contracts are filled with? grow up bro.

  40. edgy says: Aug 6, 2010 12:22 PM

    Ok, Gregg, where is My reply to jas7n?

  41. ceetown22 says: Aug 6, 2010 5:38 PM

    jas7n says:
    August 6, 2010 11:57 AM
    ceetown22
    “The post said the deal adds $13 mill in GUARANTEED money,2 years $38.5 mill overall. So that’s more like 19.25 per season avg with 6.5 of that guaranteed…. kind of like fat albert got 7 yrs 100 mill, with 41 guaranteed or 14.28 per season avg”
    _______________________________
    is the post going to pay him those incentives that he’ll never earn? why would you bother to CAPITALIZE guaranteed and reference the Haynesworth contract if you didn’t realize the difference between guaranteed money and the fluff that most NFL contracts are filled with? grow up bro.
    _______________________________
    I didn’t say he would earn every incentive, and I know AH won’t, hahaha. Not every $1 of the remaining amount of contract (after signing bonus) is incentive, some is base salary as well, so the pro-rated portion of the signing bonus going against the cap is 6.5 for last two years of his deal. All he wanted was some security so they extended him 2 years and threw $13 mill in his pocket immediately… so technically it doesn’t boil down to 2yrs/6.5mill extension, it’s more than that (base salary + incentives) we would need to know the base salaries per year to get a good idea of his per yr gross salary, and the thing is, AJ is man among boys out there, I bet he’ll earn a majority of those incentives….
    HAIL SKINS!

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