Conflicting reports about the status of Texans WR Andre Johnson could force teams to see the situation to play out instead of making a move.
The agent for Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson refuted reports that the team’s all-time leading receiver was seeking a trade to avoid leaving Houston.
Kennard McGuire told Sports Radio 610 in Houston that the idea of a trade was broached by the Texans, only after the team told Johnson that they wanted him to take a reduced role.
“Andre did not, in the last couple of days, go in and ask for a trade,” McGuire said. “Certain things were expressed to [Andre] in which he didn’t agree with. And at that point in time permission was thusly granted to seek an opportunity elsewhere. That was not something that we asked for. That was something that was presented to us.
“The contractual matters never did come up. The only thing that was discussed was the role and that was in fact that there would be a reduced role.”
Johnson caught 85 passes for 936 receiving yards and 3 TDs, but his 11.0 yards/reception and 62.4 yards/game were both the lowest he had recorded since 2005.
Johnson has 1,012 career receptions for 13,597 and 80.5 yards/game – all of which are in the top 15 in NFL history and are the all-time marks in Texans history. He has led the NFL in receiving yards twice, receptions twice and yards/game three times.