Even with Houston's QB troubles, Andre Johnson
had 1,407 receiving yards last season. (David Bergman/SI)
The ongoing offseason saga with the Houston Texans and veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson is taking another pivotal turn, and not in favor of the team. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the disgruntled offensive star will not attend the team's mandatory minicamp, which runs from June 17-19 under first-year head coach Bill O'Brien.
In the wake of the Texans finishing 2013 at an abysmal 2-14 and using the No. 1 overall pick in the draft to beef up the defense instead of taking a quarterback, Johnson said it might be time for him to move on after 11 seasons with the team.
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In a nutshell, Johnson just doesn't want to be a part of another rebuilding effort in Houston.
Some might criticize Johnson for feeling that way, however he's been the face of the franchise for nearly its entire existence. Drafted third overall out of Miami in 2003, he started contributing right away, including almost hitting the 1,000-yard mark in receiving as a rookie. He did accomplish that feat in his second year and has reached the milestone six more times since then.
Still, the fact remains that it's highly unlikely Johnson will be going anywhere soon. He's under contract through 2016, and even if the Texans were inclined to trade him, they would take a significant financial hit -- an $11.96 million hit, to be exact.
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