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Bill O’Brien on Andre Johnson: We’ve had good communications

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Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is openly musing about his future in Houston while skipping the team’s offseason work, creating a little something extra for head coach Bill O’Brien to deal with in his first offseason running the club.

O’Brien isn’t following Johnson’s lead in terms of publicly sharing his feelings. The coach said that he won’t offer any comments about what Johnson said about being unsure that he wants to play for the Texans any longer beyond saying that he has a “tremendous” amount of respect for the the longtime franchise cornerstone.

“The conversations that Andre and I have had have been very positive about what we’re doing here as a team,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Obviously, offensively, what we’re doing here. We’ve had good communications. But as far as what Andre said, I’ll let him speak for himself.”

The Texans have shown no signs of being ready to move on and Johnson hasn’t made a formal trade request, although Johnson’s ongoing contemplation of the situation suggests that could change. A request might not get the Texans to budge all by itself, which would leave Johnson with little option other than cutting off the good communications and staying away from the team beyond the offseason program in order to force the issue.

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21 Responses to “Bill O’Brien on Andre Johnson: We’ve had good communications”
  1. mrozma says: May 18, 2014 9:06 AM

    Come to the Jets.

  2. bradyisyourdaddy says: May 18, 2014 9:30 AM

    He already has his ticket to New England… Welcome to the Patriots Andre.

  3. ncphinsfan says: May 18, 2014 9:30 AM

    Poor guy will always be known as the “other big Johnson”. His career is wasting away with no QB to throw it to him.

  4. pillowporkers says: May 18, 2014 10:43 AM

    I don’t blame him. Another year without a QB. The Texans had Clowney AND Bridgewater at their fingertips. Instead, they took Tom Savage. I can’t speak for everyone, but my money is on Bridgewater having a more successful career.

  5. kissbillsrings says: May 18, 2014 11:16 AM

    I’d offer up next years 2nd rounder, Mallette, & Amendola for a straight up trade to bring him to the Patriots

  6. freddiec8 says: May 18, 2014 12:04 PM

    What the hell Mallette done nothing just another Patriots QB that goes somewhere else and fail

  7. inallsincerity says: May 18, 2014 1:11 PM

    Unless the Texans get an offer they can’t refuse, they’re going to keep him and then he’ll be a salary cap casualty next year. That’s why those signing bonuses are huge.

  8. bradywolverine12 says: May 18, 2014 1:33 PM

    If Pats offer a 3th or 4th an Mallet for Johnson which I would easily believe he would,an that him redoing his contract for a chance for a ring an he knows going to NE would put NE over the top!! And it would get the Rebuilting Texans another QB an another pick that would be very valuable for them next year plus! It would open up a lot of Capp space for the Texans.. This would easily be a Win,Win for both sides

  9. surfinbird1 says: May 18, 2014 1:48 PM

    Why are some people down on Mallett? Not sayin he’s a elite qb but people sayin “what has he done” doesn’t make any sense. What is he supposed to do sittin behind Brady for 3 years? Seems to me he had a decent run with the Razorbacks.

  10. chinahand11 says: May 18, 2014 2:11 PM

    The dummy admin and coaching staff have let this guy more or less be the wide receiver group of the team. Like they’ve said “well he’s pretty good” and never bucked up the receiving corp. I know some picks have not worked out, but Savage has the work in progress look about him, although I hope he is successful. Dude does have a big arm.

  11. sportsfan18 says: May 18, 2014 2:13 PM

    kissbillsrings says:
    May 18, 2014 11:16 AM
    I’d offer up next years 2nd rounder, Mallette, & Amendola for a straight up trade to bring him to the Patriots

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    Andre has had a great career, of that there is NO doubt as he’s 14th all time on the career receptions list, 17th on the all time receiving yards list.

    But, to be near the top of these lists, it means one has had to play for quite a while.

    Andre will be in his 12th NFL season and be 33 yrs old for this season.

    To give up a 2nd round pick, a still young QB (hey, all teams need a backup QB if he never pans out as a starter) and 28 yr Amendola for a 33 yr old receiver going into his 12th season is a bit much.

    If you were to get 3 good seasons from Andre, even AFTER those three seasons, a team would still have two MORE seasons of Amendola while he was younger than 33 which is the age Andre was when the team traded for him plus the 2nd round pick and Mallett.

    Now, if Andre were like 3 yrs younger… I’d make that trade…

  12. dualprime says: May 18, 2014 2:49 PM

    If you’re going to trade him, send him to the NFC or you’ll sorry.

  13. wallabear says: May 18, 2014 3:55 PM

    Texans are going nowhere with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Not having addressed a replacement for Matt Schaub is pretty much already a death knell for “rookie” HC O’Brien. Timmy Tebow or VY (Happy 31st Birthday, Vince!) would be better options. Would love to see Andre with Saints, Ravens, Patriots or Chargers to help boost his receiving stats. A sad state-of-affairs in Houston.

  14. clintblairjr says: May 18, 2014 4:38 PM

    He is going through the same issue Chris Carter had to. Carter realised it was more important to just be greatful for what you have and compete to be the best at your position no matter what. Hall of Fame is the goal not a Superbowl ring.

  15. watermelon1 says: May 18, 2014 5:44 PM

    Please go to any team other than the patriots or broncos. That’s all I ask.

  16. rohlo says: May 18, 2014 8:11 PM

    pillowporkers says:
    May 18, 2014 10:43 AM
    I don’t blame him. Another year without a QB. The Texans had Clowney AND Bridgewater at their fingertips. Instead, they took Tom Savage. I can’t speak for everyone, but my money is on Bridgewater having a more successful career.

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    drafting bridgewater wasnt gonna make the texans superbowl contenders.chances are none maybe except bortles will even be a starter this year i nthe league… im lmao at the vikings too,becasue they havent had great success drafting qb’s recently…. this is the same bridgewater everyone was bashing the last 3 weeks before the draft.stop acting like bridgewater was gonna do anythign this year,otherwise he would have gone in the top of the draft.instead he was drafted at the end of the first round as where had minnesot not traded to get him he would have been a 2nd round pick…

  17. rohlo says: May 18, 2014 8:15 PM

    kissbillsrings says:
    May 18, 2014 11:16 AM
    I’d offer up next years 2nd rounder, Mallette, & Amendola for a straight up trade to bring him to the Patriots

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    mallet is unproven and if he were such a good prospect the patriots wouldnt have drafted garrapalo.everybody knows all brady’s backups end up sucking when they leave new england anyways..also the salaries dont match in that trade for johnson..patriots cant afford johnson salary cap wise and the texans sure wouldnt cover any part of his salary just to trade him and they also would take a cap hit.thye also arent just gonna release him to pay him 40 million dollars and take a cap hit..texans dont want no china doll in amendola either… only team that can trade for johnson is cleveland and i doubt he would wanna make a move to a team that has been worse than the texans..

  18. rohlo says: May 18, 2014 8:21 PM

    wallabear says:
    May 18, 2014 3:55 PM
    Texans are going nowhere with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Not having addressed a replacement for Matt Schaub is pretty much already a death knell for “rookie” HC O’Brien. Timmy Tebow or VY (Happy 31st Birthday, Vince!) would be better options. Would love to see Andre with Saints, Ravens, Patriots or Chargers to help boost his receiving stats. A sad state-of-affairs in Houston.

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    saints have absolutley no money cap wise..they are like thousands under the cap..patriots and ravens are up against the cap too!! chargers would be a great place for him..rivers can throw the ball and they would have a bit more money cap wise… thing is is andre is traded he is gonna want another deal re-done to extend his contract.keep that in mind!!

  19. kissbillsrings says: May 18, 2014 9:34 PM

    Patriots & O’Brien have history… Brady is gonna play for 3-4 more years so trading Mallette now would be wise while he’s young & can become a starter for 10+ years… Texans need that & by the time Brady retires Garrappolo will be totally farm iliac with system & ready to take over… Also I know a second round next year sounds high for Andre at his age but with a restructured 4 year deal & sending Amendola to the Texans helps both teams….Johnson gets to play with BrAdy & although Amendola is younger we have a couple slot players with Edlemen & the rookie they just signed & Amendola though young is fairly fragile…. So the Pats get a stud in Andre for 3-4 yrs to play with Brady & GRONK & Housten gets a potential franchise QB, a slot receiver & a future high pick… Seems very fair to me… Shoot maybe Houston could ship us a 5th rounder to even it all out…

  20. evansvc says: May 19, 2014 7:59 AM

    What would it hurt??? Bring in Vince Young and give him a fair and honest tryout….

  21. bluenose1965 says: May 19, 2014 3:27 PM

    So Vince isn’t in the league because his prior tryouts have been unfair and dishonest?

    Get over it. To be a QB in the NFL, you must have an accurate arm and be smart.

    Fitzpatrick will be fine. Average QB’s can get to Super Bowls. Look at Joe Flacco.

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