Chris Johnson: New York Jets should get Andre Johnson


New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is the great-grandson of Johnson & Johnson co-founder Robert Wood Johnson.

He has to appreciate Chris Johnson's campaign for a "Johnson & Johnson" offense, right?

Andre Johnson didn't make our list of prime summertime trade candidates for several reasons. He has yet to request a trade, the Texans have little incentive to deal their franchise icon and the salary cap stands as an impediment.

From the Jets' perspective, they still lack a true No. 1 receiver after upgrading the feeble aerial attack with the additions of Eric Decker, Jace Amaro and Michael Vick. With roughly $23 million in available cap space, they are one of the few teams that can absorb Johnson's salary of more than $10 million.

It's still hard to imagine hyper-prudent general manager John Idzik surrendering a valuable draft pick for a 33-year-old wide receiver about to reach the decline phase of his career.

Chris Johnson acknowledged Wednesday that joining forces Andre Johnson trade is essentially a pipedream.

"I was just watching TV and seeing all the stories going on," Johnson said, via "Me, playing in the AFC South (with the Titans) and having to face this guy twice every year, knowing that he's a very good player and he's also a friend of mine. Anytime you've got another friend in the league, you always want to play with him ... (But) I don't think that the Texans would let him loose."

Coach Rex Ryan took no issue with Johnson's suggestion, chalking it up to understandable enthusiasm.

"This happens all the time," Ryan explained. "Guys will come to my office (and say), 'Hey, how about this guy? How about we try to trade for him? How 'bout we get this guy? How 'bout we get this guy?' They always do it, and their heart's in the right spot. They just want to have the best team they can possibly have."

Chris Johnson has been a sprinter and a rapper. He's not going to graduate to general manager.

The latest "Around The League Podcast" breaks down the news and discusses players who could be summertime trade targets.