Andre Johnson wants to retire as a Houston Texan

  • Marcus Burnan
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There has been a lot of talk and rumors about the future of legendary Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.  This talk ranges from being traded to holding out and skipping training camp.

The reports of Johnson holding out proved to be wrong as the wide out reported to Texans training camp.  Speaking to reporters after reporting in, Johnson said that the plan was to retire as a member of the Texans.  He also said that his love of the game contributed to him reporting in on time.

“That’s the plan,” he told reporters. “… I love playing the game of football. I don’t plan on walking away from this.”

Johnson is one of those elite level wide receivers who have the misfortune of playing for terrible teams.  In his elevel year career, Johnson has made the playoffs with the Texans just twice.

“I just look at my career … I’ve only been to the playoffs twice. I think we’ve only had three winning seasons. I don’t think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating. And this offseason has been very frustrating for me; beginning of the offseason, I should say. That’s just kind of where I’m at right now.”

You can sort of see where Johnson is coming from.  The Texans were expected to do big things in 20143 after making the playoffs the previous two seasons.  Unfortunately, the Texans only won two games in 2013 giving them the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Not to mention the Texans traded quarterback Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders and replaced him with Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tom Savage.  Hardly the sort of moves you want to see when you’re desperate for one (or two) final shot to win a Super Bowl.

“Nobody’s been here as long as I have,” Johnson said then. “You just kind of look at things. I’ve been thinking about things this offseason. And I just kind of wonder sometimes, ‘Is this still the place for me?’ …

As an Arizona Cardinals fan, it reminds me a lot of the situation Larry Fitzgerald went through after Kurt Warner retired in 2009.  The Cardinals had some awful quarterbacks before they ended up with someone solid in Carson Palmer last season.

However, Johnson said he’s comfortable in the direction the Texans are moving.

“I feel very comfortable in where the organization is going.”

Andre Johnson is the Texans’ leading franchise receiver which doesn’t say a whole lot when the team has only been in existence since 2002 while Johnson was drafted in 2003.  That said, Johnson is still one of the greatest wide receivers to play the game and is still seen by some as being top three.

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