Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver, is scheduled to make $10.5 million next season and count $16.1 million against the salary cap.
“We understand it’s a business and we’re willing to deal with that. And Andre doesn’t mind having a pay cut,” Andre Melton said to the Houston Chronicle.
Johnson, 33, has spent each of his 12 NFL seasons with Houston and holds every significant franchise receiving record. He said he understands the business side, where friends of his have had to take pay cuts to remain in the league.
“I hope it all works out, where I can finish my career here and hopefully get this organization a Super Bowl before I retire,” Johnson said. “If it doesn’t, then I’d hate to see it end that way. But you have to just keep moving forward.”
Johnson has 75 catches for 802 yards and two touchdowns for Houston, which will finish up the 2014 season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Scooby Axson