A seven time Pro-Bowler is bound to gain interest from more than a few NFL teams looking to make a splash or advance their team towards the Super Bowl. Ian Rapoport ‘tweeted‘ earlier that as many as four teams could want the services of Andre Johnson should the Houston Texan trade their number one wide receiver.
He didn’t mention any teams by name but the folks over at Profootballtalk.com have taken the liberty of looking at what teams might have a use for the big framed wide-out.
The Cleveland Browns, as they point out, are in desperate need of a top wide receiver with the imminent suspension of wide receiver Josh Gordon. The Browns have the space to absorb Johnson’s $10 million contract and would not be afraid to part ways with a draft pick or two land him. Would Johnson be happy in Cleveland? Can the hearts of a Cleveland sports fan handle both Johnson and a return of LeBron James in one off-season? Probably not, to both questions.
The New England Patriots are another team that would benefit from a Johnson type and let’s face facts here, no other coach in the NFL would be able to turn Johnson into the penultimate team player. Tom Brady would turn into a salivating child at the prospect of Johnson on the outside, Gronkowski running slot and tight end, and Julian Edelman hitting the seam routes. It would legitimately make New England a top favorite to advance to the AFC Championship game. The Patriots have not had a wide receiver of Johnson’s talent level since Randy Moss.
Could they afford him? They might have to spread some money around and they have at least one player as PFT points out, quarterback Ryan Mallett, that could entice the Texans to make a move.
Other teams PFT points out are the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, and St. Louis Rams. Again these are not rumors of who are interested, but instead the teams they feel have the need, money, and perhaps desire to get a deal done. That is of course if the Texans are actually looking to deal.