After revealing to the media that he was a bit disgruntled due to the direction of the Houston Texas, Andre Johnson is taking things a step further by skipping out on the upcoming minicamps.
The Pro Bowl wide receiver is on record saying that he doesn’t plan to take part in voluntary OTAs when they begin next week. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday’s edition of “NFL Total Access” that Johnson is also unlikely to attend the mandatory minicamp.
Here is another road in the Andre Johnson dilemma that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. Skipping out of minicamp isn’t a shock following the comments where Johnson questioned rather he still belonged in Houston.
“Nobody’s been here as long as I have. You just kind of look at things … I’ve been thinking about things this offseason and I just kind of wonder sometimes, ‘Is this still the place for me?’”
Looking at where he is in his career, it’s hard to display anger toward Johnson possibly wanting out. Andre Johnson has already been through a rebuilding period as the Texans attempted to gain footing on the rest of the NFL. Drafted 3rd overall a season after the inaugural Texans season in 2002, Johnson would lead the team in receiving for the eight straight seasons. But outside of individual success the Texans as a whole would struggle, missing out on the playoffs in each of those eight season. Things changed the next two years as the Texans would make the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, but after a year where only two games were won, a rebuild seems to be in order and Johnson wants nothing to do with it.
Since Johnson’s comments, there has been little talk of the Texans proceeding with a possible trade, with salary being the main issue. Despite being owed $10 million this season as he creeps up on the age of 33, Johnson has proven he still has what it takes to be a top wideout in the NFL. On a team where Casey Keenum was the quarterback for eight games, Johnson still managed to collect 1407 yards, seventh most in the NFL in 2013, and 5 touchdowns.
With the NFL season some ways away, the Texans will have time to figure out what to do with Johnson. We’ll see if Johnson is on the roster come Week 1.