Andre Johnson wants out of the Houston Texans franchise for a number of reasons, but it seems that the team has no plans to oblige the All Pro wide receiver with a trade.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans will not be dealing or shopping Johnson this offseason. The reasoning is simple, the team is better when Andre Johnson suits up for them.
While it is unlikely the team makes the playoffs next season, Johnson certainly improves their chances to do so. Dealing him to another team will not benefit the Texans in any way besides assuaging a disgruntled player. Instead, the Texans will likely look for other avenues to alleviate Johnson’s discomfort with the team.
Johnson, a seven time Pro Bowler, has been among the top wide receivers in the league for a decade. While his touchdown totals have dwindled the last few years, much of that can be attested to the lack of an elite quarterback in Houston, which is part of the reason Johnson wants out of the team in the first place.
Another reason why the Texans would not trade Johnson is because that would set a precedent that the team is willing to part ways with players that ask to be traded. At the end of the day, the Texans do not have to trade Johnson just because he wants out.
Ultimately, we will have to wait and see whether Johnson sits out or attends training camp with the Texans in just a few weeks.