2014 Texans preview: Will Andre Johnson report to training camp?


1. Will Andre Johnson play for the Texans this season?

Johnson has grown disgruntled with losing in Houston, to the point now where he is asking for a trade from the only team he has known in his 12-year career. While the Texans have him under contract and control whether or not they will trade him, Johnson could go to the extreme and sit out the entire season if he feels that is necessary.

Johnson’s issues stemmed from him hoping the Texans would acquire an elite-level quarterback in the draft, via trade, or free agency; however Houston opted to sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has been average at best during his 10-year career.

Taken with the third overall pick in 2003 by the Texans, Johnson has seen only three winning seasons (2009, 2011, and 2012) in Houston. The receiver thought the team would continue to rise in 2013 after back-to-back playoff appearances under former head coach Gary Kubiak, however they ended the season with a 14-game losing streak in route to the first overall pick.

Johnson reportedly talked to new head coach Bill O’Brien about the team’s direction, and was ready to return to the Texans, but a dispute over $1 million in bonuses for attending offseason activities caused a new rift between the two sides.

Despite what Johnson believes, the Texans insist they are not in a rebuilding mode after taking Jadeveon Clowney in the draft. Team officials state they are expecting to contend for the playoffs this season and are hoping Johnson will be with them when training camp opens on July 25.