Johnson's comments came after he surprisingly reported to training camp on time Friday. Johnson skipped Houston's offseason workouts and reportedly requested a trade, saying he wasn't sure if he'd play for the Texans this season.
A meeting with the front office about the future of the team changed Johnson's mind about continuing to hold out, according to the Chronicle.
Johnson declined to discuss details about his conversations with the Texans’ front office, including owner Bob McNair. He also spoke vaguely about the potential positives of the 2014 Texans, whom a frustrated Johnson criticized in May for engaging in another rebuild.
Ultimately, his decision to return was his own and the sudden about-face came down to one thing. “I love playing this game of football,” Johnson said. “I’m going to play football. … I don’t plan on walking away from this.”
The Texans went 2-14 last season, their worst record since 2005. Johnson had 109 receptions for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns in 2013.
- Ben Estes