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Texans likely would carry Andre Johnson’s contract for one more year, at most

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With Texans receiver Andre Johnson answering questions about whether he’s happy in Houston by saying, “I’m under contract so I have to play my contract out,” the next question becomes how long that contract will force him to stay put.

So we’ve gotten our hands (or at least eyes) on the contract, and it looks like the Texans will be able to keep Johnson without a restructuring for at least one more season beyond 2013.

Next year, Johnson has a $6.5 million signing bonus and a Week One roster bonus of $1 million, payable if he completes offseason workouts and all contractual obligations.  There’s another $1.969 in cap charges based on bonuses paid out in the past.

It’s the same arrangement in 2015, but with the salary increasing to $10.5 million.  It creates a cap number of $13.469 million, which means that it’ll be time for a new deal or a new address come 2015.

The real question is whether the Texans would trade or cut Johnson after this season.  It would result in a cap charge of $3.983 million, which could be split over two years based on timing.

But that’s a lot less than what it will cost in cap dollars and cash to keep him, especially if he doesn’t want to stay.

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33 Responses to “Texans likely would carry Andre Johnson’s contract for one more year, at most”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    Win with him next year or trade him, but don’t do neither like you are doing this year! Figure it out or move on from him and trade him.

  2. minnesoulja says: Nov 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    Trade in those cow horns for some helga horns and you would look decent in purple and gold me thinks.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 18, 2013 2:05 PM

    Which means that Andre Johnson will carry the Texan’s offense for one more year, at most.

  4. raymondtx says: Nov 18, 2013 2:06 PM

    Hope you stay Andre. Dont worry this regime will be gone as soon as the season ends. Better times are ahead.
    signed HTown

  5. zoxitic says: Nov 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    The decline of the Texans from Super Bowl contender to #1 draft pick contender has got to be the quickest implosion of a team I have ever seen.

  6. zoxitic says: Nov 18, 2013 2:11 PM

    minnesoulja says:

    Trade in those cow horns for some helga horns and you would look decent in purple and gold me thinks.

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    Vikings: “Has been” central

  7. screenpass says: Nov 18, 2013 2:19 PM

    He’s going to look great in Silver & Black.

  8. nfl4days says: Nov 18, 2013 2:21 PM

    Top 4 destinations for Andre Johnson if he wants out
    1. Colts
    2.Chiefs
    3.Dolphins
    4.Panthers
    Surprise pick would be he bengals because they have a ton of cap space and Andre across from AJ would be unstoppable.

  9. tinbender2000 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:28 PM

    zoxitic says: Nov 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    The decline of the Texans from Super Bowl contender to #1 draft pick contender has got to be the quickest implosion of a team I have ever seen.

    I was thinking Atlanta, but yeah Texans are right there too.

  10. standintexas says: Nov 18, 2013 2:31 PM

    He’s going to look great in Silver & Black.
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    Nobody looks good in Silver and Black!

  11. jayniner says: Nov 18, 2013 2:34 PM

    I pray to god Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke are on the phone right now trying to negotiate a trade.

    ….everyone knows we have draft picks to spare for next year.

  12. jessejames182 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:41 PM

    If Johnson leaves, especially to the Colts, I’m done with the NFL.

  13. thebirdofprey2 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:51 PM

    Andre Johnson has been the ultimate pro his whole time in the NFL. He is so respected he was able to kick the crap out of instigator Finnegan on the field and have nothing but praise from everyone in the league.

    If I was Schuab just getting back on the field because the back up is playing poorly I wouldn’t be yelling at maybe the most beloved Texan player of all time for not catching one of my inaccurate passes.

  14. bwisnasky says: Nov 18, 2013 2:54 PM

    standintexas says:
    Nov 18, 2013 2:31 PM
    He’s going to look great in Silver & Black.
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    Nobody looks good in Silver and Black!

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    Matt McGloin does.

  15. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 18, 2013 3:00 PM

    @zoxitic –

    While their fall from the top to the bottom is impressive, I think the Falcons collapse is far worse. They actually came a few minutes from the SB last year and have the same record as the Texans this year…

  16. dolfanatik says: Nov 18, 2013 3:22 PM

    We all knew Shaub was not a Super Bowl Qb. In our guts.

  17. wjmoffatt says: Nov 18, 2013 3:23 PM

    would love to trade thEM Mike Williams contract for Johnson’s

  18. dolfanatik says: Nov 18, 2013 3:25 PM

    Not to mention this Johnson kid is always injured or hampered by hamstrings. i.e. no commitment to offseason conditioning.

  19. jvillenole says: Nov 18, 2013 3:37 PM

    Both Atlanta and Houston can point to injuries.

    For Atlanta, obviously losing Julio Jones and R. White hurts bad.

    Houston lost 1700 yards and 17 TDs when Foster was ineffective or hurt. Those are big, big numbers to lose when you are a “run-first” team, which Houston historically has clearly been. Plus a gimpy Duane Brown at LT, and a pretty bad Newton at RT. So you can’t run, your LT is playing poorly due to injury, and your RT is just bad. Bad combination!

  20. clarencewhorley says: Nov 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    Andre if you want to win, reduce your contract to 3 years 15 mil total and come join the Patriots.

  21. htown1035 says: Nov 18, 2013 3:41 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says:
    Nov 18, 2013 3:00 PM
    @zoxitic –

    While their fall from the top to the bottom is impressive, I think the Falcons collapse is far worse. They actually came a few minutes from the SB last year and have the same record as the Texans this year…
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    Only reason I would say the Texans were worse was that the Falcons problems were mostly due to injury. Injuries have been a factor for the Texans but just one of many factors.

  22. apkyletexas says: Nov 18, 2013 3:56 PM

    I’m starting to get the feeling the Texans are gunning for the #1 or #2 draft position.

    Putting Schaub in the game is a sure-fire way to ensure a loss.

  23. dickshotdogs says: Nov 18, 2013 4:09 PM

    New England

  24. htowntexan says: Nov 18, 2013 4:14 PM

    trade him and start rebuilding. instead we are going to have another year of schaub and kubiack. im sure the owner just thinks this is an off year. you can bet on it.

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:15 PM

    nfl4days says:

    Top 4 destinations for Andre Johnson if he wants out
    1. Colts
    2.Chiefs
    3.Dolphins
    4.Panthers
    Surprise pick would be he bengals because they have a ton of cap space and Andre across from AJ would be unstoppable.
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    Actually I’d say the top destination would be the Pats if they could work out a long term deal that paid him enough to keep him happy.

    Who would opposing teams double cover ? Johnson ? Gronk ? Both ? Double cover both of them and the other receivers run wild. Single cover either of these guys and they run wild. The offense would quickly return to unstoppable machine mode.

    Plus of the 4 teams you listed, I think he’d happily take Brady throwing to him over any of those 4 QBs.

    And yee gods the Fins ? They need to get an entirely new Oline in the offseason and throw out the revolving door fools they have now. Doesn’t matter who they have for receivers if they don’t get a competent Oline.

  26. texanfan62 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:15 PM

    They aren’t going to trade Johnson, and even if they did, they sure as hell aren’t going to trade him to the Colts or any other AFC Team; maybe Miami, but they ain’t winners. If they trade him, and that’s a BIG IF, it would be San Francisco, Seattle, or maybe the Saints, somebody that’s close to a Super Bowl in the NFC and needs a great receiver.

  27. texanfan62 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:17 PM

    McNair won’t fire Smith, but may fire Kubiak. He should fire both. This team should be better, but that’s what happens when you have idiots running the show!

  28. tuberippin says: Nov 18, 2013 4:42 PM

    “dolfanatik says: Nov 18, 2013 3:25 PM

    Not to mention this Johnson kid is always injured or hampered by hamstrings. i.e. no commitment to offseason conditioning.”

    I see you’re not familiar with how hamstrings work. They’re a muscle, and if you pull it running you have to either sit out and wait for it to heal up, which can take quite some time as it’s a large muscle, or you can try and play through it and potentially make it much worse. It has little, if anything, to do with off-season conditioning. If Andre Johnson was overweight and getting hurt like that, then it’d be a different story…but that’s not the case.

  29. galvestontexans says: Nov 18, 2013 6:01 PM

    Dre will retire a Texan.

  30. fdugrad says: Nov 18, 2013 10:06 PM

    I don’t know how old he is, however this seems like an awfully large amount of money for ANY wide receiver, ESPECIALLY one who has no QB who can get him the ball.

  31. downhillrider says: Nov 19, 2013 4:23 AM

    personally I like to see my Hurricanes stay with the same team for their careers. but I think the texans have maxxed out with what they can do. I can think of a few teams that would jump at the chance to add Johnson, SF Niners come to mind.

  32. steelerben says: Nov 19, 2013 3:47 PM

    Washington. He can come play for his old OC and they DESPERATELY need someone as a playmaker on that offense. $36 million in cap space next year, too.

  33. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 20, 2013 6:56 PM

    Andre restructures his deal almost yearly. I honestly don’t see him going anywhere anytime soon.

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