March 03, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
Andre Johnson asks Texans to trade or cut him
Houston Texans veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson is expected to leave the team after being granted permission to seek a trade.
Johnson, 33, will likely be released if a trade can't be achieved.“It’s business,” Johnson told the Houston Chronicle. “I understand that side of it. I’m not angry about it. I knew at some point in time this day would come. “If we were living in a perfect world, you know I’d want to finish my career here, but, unfortunately, that’s not what’s going to happen. You just have to move forward.”
Johnson caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three touchdowns last season.Johnson was told his role will be reduced next season, though, by coach Bill O'Brien. “People try to picture it the way they want to picture it, saying that I asked for a trade (but), there’s a reason I asked for a trade,” he said. “I think if anybody else was in my situation they would have done the same thing I did. “I don’t know how you tell a guy who catches 85 balls that he’ll only probably catch 40. I feel like the role they were trying to put me in I’d be held back from maximizing my talents. I feel like that was the best thing for both sides. Why sit there and be miserable when I can go somewhere else and be able to show my talents.” Johnson has two years left on his contract, including a base salary of $10.5 million this season and a salary cap hit of $16.1 million. He also receives a $1 million workout bonus. The Texans save $8.82 million in salary cap space by trading or cutting Johnson. Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun