Andre Johnson has made it no secret that he wants to be traded from the rebuilding Houston Texans — the only NFL team for which he’s played. However, most expected him to eventually come back to the team that won consecutive division titles before their collapse in 2013. In a recent interview on NFL Network though, Johnson suggested otherwise while leaving the topic decidedly unanswered.
When Andre Johnson was asked if he’d be in a Texan uniform on Week One of the NFL season he said, ““I don’t know. I can’t answer that question,” per Pro Football Talk. “I just choose not to talk publicly about it,” Johnson said. “It’s in-house and that’s the way I choose to keep it. I’m not a big media guy, so I won’t — you know, I refuse to talk about it. Training camp’s a few weeks away, so we’ll see what happens.”
Johnson had skipped OTAs and minicamp to this point, but has not indicated one way or another if he’ll attend training camp. Skipping out would cost him yet more money. The Texans have the right to fine Johnson $30,000 for every day he skips training camp. To this point, Johnson has already given up some serious cash just to skip offseason activities, totaling nearly $1 million.
Johnson could also be considering walking away from his salary entirely via retirement. Would that be a route in which Johnson would be interested? Not likely. As PFT notes, “Johnson would be walking away from a $10 million base salary if he doesn’t play this year, and the Texans could also force him to pay back $8.7 million in bonus money he has previously received.”
He may not want to lose tens of millions of dollars, but soon enough we’ll learn what Andre Johnson thinks of the tens of thousands of dollars at stake for his presence at Houston Texans training camp.