Andre Johnson received “some comfort” on his future security

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Texans receiver Andre Johnson showed up for training camp without anything more than (most likely) a waiver of the $70,000 in fines he racked up for missing a mandatory minicamp.  So why did he do it?

For starters, he surely didn’t want to lose any more money, after squandering a $1 million roster bonus by staying away from the offseason program.

Per a source with direct knowledge of the situation, “[Johnson] reported after getting some comfort on direction and comfort on his future security.  He got a strong word from ownership that his future is strongly secure.”

That comfort came from communications with the team.  Via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, those communications included a meeting last Friday with owner Bob McNair, coach Bill O’Brien, and G.M. Rick Smith.

While none of that is legally binding, it suggests that Johnson will get all or most of his $11.5 million in 2014, even though the salary carries with it a $16.1 million cap number, due in large part to past team-friendly restructurings.  And even though the Texans could still renege on whatever “comfort” he was provided regarding his future security, it would send a horrible message to the rest of the locker room.

Johnson also feels confident that the team isn’t rebuilding.  Whether he feels that way after the season depends largely on how the season goes.

22 responses to “Andre Johnson received “some comfort” on his future security

  1. Here’s the message, you earn a $1 Million a month for a year here or $1,000 a month at McDonalds.

  2. You can’t cash “comfort” on future security. Plenty of NFL teams and owners have reneged on similar promises with the tacit approval of sycophantic fans.

    Make hay while the sun shines.

  3. thepftpoet says:
    Jul 25, 2014 10:08 AM
    Top 5 WR’s in the NFL :

    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Cordarrelle Patterson
    3. Greg Jennings
    4. Brandon Marshall
    5. Jarius Wright


    I just checked and it’s not funny this time either…

  4. first thing I wouldn’t believe John McClain if he said the sun rose this morning(he advised picking up David Carr’s option) secondly Johnson is a prima donna baby and thirdly McNair is the reason they are in this rebuild anyway.
    the Texans are a team made up of prima donnas and big money and they can’t wait to throw a ton at JJ Watt who will prove to be a one year wonder…. we’ll soon see how he fares in Crennels version of the 3-4 defense

  5. @damcmp..
    I’ll skip the your first few less than informed comments but the JJ Watt one year wonder umm this will be his 4th sooo yeah ….

  6. Everyone gives the pftpoet such a hard time. I literally lol every time I see one of his “top 5” lists. I actually look forward to them. Clever guy, this one.

  7. New marketing campaign for the Texans on Houston billboards:

    Houston Texans. Better than the Vikings.

  8. By “some comfort,” we mean something similar to Donovan McNabb’s “financial apology”, I assume?

  9. Richard Sherman’s weakness are small super fast Wr’s.
    Hilton, Wright, Jackson and soon to be Cooks.

    In other news, Andre Johnson will not be a patriot.
    Back to you mike.

  10. i too think the texans are run by fools. why would you bring in a defensive coach that runs a scheme that will completely shut down your best player (Watt) and requires the team to move (arguably) your best rookie into a totally new position. it makes absolutely no sense. i’m hoping for the best (and andre will help), but ive seen this show too many times from this team (and in particular its head coach/GM/owner).

  11. damcmp says:
    Jul 25, 2014 11:06 AM

    the Texans are a team made up of prima donnas and big money and they can’t wait to throw a ton at JJ Watt who will prove to be a one year wonder….

    JJ had the highest rating ever from Pro Football Focus in 2012, and was the highest rated player in 2013 (Not highest rated defender, highest rated player)

    Just because he didn’t have the same sack numbers doesn’t mean he wasn’t an OUTSTANDING player.

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