Oct. 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) intercepts a pass intended for Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Mills/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Andre Johnson Trade Rumors: New York Jets unlikely to make serious pursuit

While the sports world is transfixed on the NBA and the rampant, never-ending string of free agency rumors, there are other potentially big names on the move in other professions. The Houston Texans have watched the Andre Johnson situation bubble below the surface for a while now and it seemed as though things came to a head this past week when trade rumors kicked up out of nowhere.

It’s still unclear how serious these trade rumors are but they’re are least keeping things interesting in the dry period of the NFL offseason. Four teams were listed as having interest in trading for Johnson but not everyone is falling over themselves to acquire an aging receiver.

According to Paul Schwartz from the New York Post, the Jets and Giants are not likely to make serious attempts to try and acquire Johnson this offseason, despite the fact that the Jets have more than enough cap space to absorb salary.

It is unlikely the Jets will have any interest, though they are well-positioned from a financial standpoint — approximately $22 to $24 million under the salary cap — to absorb Johnson’s $10 million salary for 2014.

This comes as no surprise as the Giants simply don’t have space to fit Johnson under the cap and the Jets have already re-tooled their offense this summer and have no real pressing need to acquire the receiver. He’s not a bad fit in either system, but there’s just no way it can happen for the Giants and it appears the Jets have little interest in taking on another aging star from the Houston Texans — since the Ed Reed situation worked out so well for them last season.

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  • Carl Dav

    I love how the photo for this post is of Andre Johnson trying to tackle Cro on a pick lol. Whoever choose that picture had to be giggling to themselves.