Report: Texans hope to keep David Johnson on reduced salary

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The Texans cut Duke Johnson on Friday. They want to keep David Johnson.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans and Johnson have mutual interest in the running back’s return. Johnson is under contract, but the team wants him to take a paycut.

Johnson, 29, has a salary cap number of $8.812 million, sixth-highest in the NFL via He has $2.1 million of his $7.95 million base salary guaranteed.

The Texans acquired Johnson as part of the trade that sent DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona.

Johnson missed one game on the COVID-19 reserve list and three more on injured reserve with a concussion. He finished with 691 yards and six touchdowns rushing, with 314 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

Johnson has only one 1,000-yard rushing season in his six-year career, but 2020 marked his fourth season with at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage.

He said at the conclusion of the season that he “definitely” wanted to remain with the Texans, but, of course, the team now has a new G.M., a new coach and the starting quarterback wants out.

10 responses to “Report: Texans hope to keep David Johnson on reduced salary

  1. Still in awe that Keim managed to offload that contract as part of the Hopkins trade. Hope BoB is working at the dealership next time I buy a car!

  2. I finally igured it out – they’re trying to downsize the team for a transfer to the XFL in 2022.

  3. Johnson may be in a bind here with the cap being lowered. Whatever happens, it’s likely he’s going to have to settle for a lot less next year either by agreeing to take less or getting cut and entering free agency in a year in which there’s not a lot of money to go around. With RBs so easy to get in the draft, a lot of these guys are going to be unemployed soon.

  4. DeAndre Hopkins wanted more money, so Bill OBrien traded him for a $10MM running back:

    691 yards and six touchdowns rushing
    314 yards and two touchdowns receiving

    This has got to be among the worst trades of this century for veteran players (not draft picks for trading up to draft a bust QB)

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