Could Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson be the next big acquisition for the Jets? Running back Chris Johnson certainly hopes so.
Earlier today, Chris Johnson tweeted his desires for the Jets to make such a move.
Let’s bring Andre johnson to the jets legooo”
Although Chris Johnson and other players/fans may want to see Andre Johnson in a New York Jet uniform next year, it might not be the most feasible idea. Johnson is fresh off a season with an incredible 100+ catches and 1400+ yards, something he has done for the past two seasons. However, is the 33 year old receiver really worth the more than $9 million salary?
Currently, Andre Johnson’s contract goes through the 2016 season with an average salary of $9.69 million. Despite Andre Johnson’s recent successes, its hard to imagine that he will be able to maintain his elite level of play for another three seasons.
However, there is no denying that Andre Johnson’s presence would be extremely beneficial for the Jets both on and off the field. On the field, the Jets would finally have a cemented #1 receiver, who would dominate alongside Eric Decker. Also, with shockingly young receiving core, including three rookie wide outs, Andre Johnson’s leadership and skill would make him a prime mentor for the young receivers.
Unfortunately, one has to be aware of the likelihood of Andre Johnson being traded at all. If the Texans do trade the disgruntled wide receiver, they would have to deal with almost $12 million against their cap space. Also, despite Johnson’s recent gripes and complaints about his current situation, its hard to see the Texans willingly ship off their franchise player for the past decade.
Also, without Andre Johnson the Texans are left with an abysmal receiving core, spearheaded by the young DeAndre Hopkins and Keshawn Martin. It goes without saying that this is not a desirable receiving core, which further encourages the Texans not to trade Andre Johnson.
In essence, it would be convenient if the Jets could acquire Andre Johnson, although it is simply unlikely for it to happen. Chris Johnson must be sure to not get his hopes up too high.