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Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: August 5, 2010 9:37 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Andre Johnson, one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, is pretty well paid (he'll make $5.8 million this year). But despite having FIVE (!) years left on a $60 million, eight-year deal, Johnson voiced a complaint about wanting a new deal when he skipped the team's first voluntary workouts in May.

However, Texans GM Rick Smith said at the time that he'd be willing to discuss a new deal with Johnson's camp. And now it appears, provided negotiations underway between Johnson's camp and the Texans don't fall through, that Johnson will become the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, according to John McLain of the Houston Chronicle .

The Texans are reportedly "close" to a deal, and owner Bob McNair, according to McLain's source, expects to have a deal locked in within the next two weeks, although it could be done sooner.

At that point, Johnson will be the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. That's great for him, but it's fairly annoying for the rest of the world. As our own Mike Freeman pointed out back in May , Johnson inked his eight-year/$60 million deal with the aide of his agent Andre Melton ... who also happens to be his uncle.

Obviously $60 million is a chunk of cheddar, but it's not -- at least over the course of an eight-year deal -- equivalent to what Johnson is worth given his talent respective to the rest of people at his position. (After all, he was the clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver in our rankings earlier this year.)

And while it's "fair" and whatnot that Johnson, the most talented at his position, would be the best-paid of all wideouts, it's irritating that someone who had his uncle negotiate a deal would decide, less than halfway through said deal, that he wanted to get real paid. And then get what he wants.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:42 am

Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

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Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

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Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 3:12 pm

Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

I don't care what anyone says. If you're the best at your job regardless of age and occupation you should be the highest paid. Maybe it is greed, maybe it's a sense of selfworth. But I know if someone got hired at my shop tomorrow that did half the work I did over my tenure at the company over years I'd ask for a raise too. 32 games, 216 rec. 3,144 yards 17 tds. That's All he needs to say. For any doubters that he isn't the best? in 07 when he missed 7 games due to injury he averaged almost 7 rec. per game, and nearly 100 yards per game and had 870 yards after only 9 games. He was on pace for 102 rec. 1,542 yards and by the way in 16 games last season he had only 1 more td than in 2007. He deserves the money they'll give him who the hell else is gonna perform at reciever for them if he isn't there? Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones scare no one without Johnson there. Every defense in the league would put 8 in the box against this team and stuff any offense they would have.

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2010 2:58 pm

Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

Thats why they have a thing called  guaranteed money. He signed his contract what 2 years ago and now wants a new one. It is getting rediculous with these contracts when players signed it and want demands like this.

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2010 2:14 pm

Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

yeah, well if he is so good, then why havent they won is a team effort and teams should be rewarded as such, not individual stats... sorry andre, but you just arent woth that kind of money, come to think of it, no one is !!!!

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:51 pm

Johnson must've deserved it!!!!

Johnson asked for a raise,  Mcnair gave it to him. The texans must have thought he deserved it, it's that simple folks. Move On

Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:48 pm

Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

Greedy @$$ football players!!

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:46 pm

Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

I think this is being handled well on both sides.  AJ skipped a voluntary workout when talks of a new contract came up.  A day or so later, he was on the field, saying that he didn't want any of this to interfere with his game or the team.  The Texans could easily say, "nope, already signed this contract", and they would be right, but AJ is such a unique player.  All World football talen and 100% class act (ala Earl Campbell).  That's something that Houston tries to pride itself on....having stand-up players (Vernon Maxwell doesn't count :)).  AJ is the whole package and the team restructuring his deal shows him how the club feels about him and the dedication we have to try and have a winning team.  It's a win for everybody.....except the Colts in week 1.

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:16 pm

Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

Johnson stick to your deal you made it so now you can uphold it! I'm tired of these guys crying about their contracts please your getting paid millions of dollars to play a game! I don't want to pay $16 for a beer or $300 dollars for a seat in the nose bleed section because these guys want to be richer! Also we need to stop paying rookies these ridiculous contracts since they haven't even played one game yet and proved anything!

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