Donald Driver knows from experience what it feels like to want a new contract, so when it comes to Houston Texans wide-receiver Andre Johnson, Driver can understand the situation. He also feels that Johnson will return to the team for training camp.
“I’ve been through the same situation Andre’s in,” Driver said. “You feel like you want more. Normally, the organization knows what they want and the player knows what they want. Sometimes you have to meet in the middle. I think sooner or later they’re going to meet in the middle and Andre is going to be back at camp,” Driver told CSN Houston.
Driver spent his entire 14 year career with the Green Bay Packers and he stayed away from the practice field during the off-season in an attempt to get a better contract.
Driver, a Houston native was in his hometown over the weekend to host a youth football clinic on Monday. He told CSN Houston that he does believe that Johnson will be in a Texans’ uniform this year. So far, Johnson has not attended any team related activities including all voluntary workouts and mandatory mini-camps.
While Driver knows what Johnson is thinking and feeling, Johnson ultimately has a decision to make on his own future. Johnson has already foregone a $1 million roster bonus and was fined $70,000 for not participating in last weeks mandatory camp. He faces $30,000 worth of fines daily if he holds out of training camp.
Johnson has spent his entire 11 year career with the Houston Texans. He may opt to retire if he doesn’t get a new contract but doing so could cost him previously paid money from his last contract. Texans training camp will open at the end of July.