Johnson has explained that he is frustrated by the state of the Houston Texans franchise on the heels of a 2-14 season. However, he has yet to ask for a trade or suggest what would entice him back into the fold.
According to NFL Media's Gil Brandt, Johnson simply wants to spend his NFL twilight years on a contender.
Why is Andre Johnson holding out? Wants to play for team w shot to go deep in playoffs, turns 33 in July. Has caught 200+ passes last 2 yrsâ Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) June 17, 2014
Fitzpatrick has never won more than six games in a season as a full- or part-time starter across the last six seasons with the Bengals, Bills and Titans. He has won roughly one-third of his 77 career starts.
The problem is that Fitzpatrick isn't particularly accurate, is too careless with the ball and can't make all of the NFL throws. Even if he does turn in a career year, Houston's ceiling is likely in the neighborhood of an 8-8 record without a superior option under center.
Is that promising enough to mollify Johnson?
We tentatively expect to see Johnson in a Texans uniform come September. But it's not because Fitzpatrick inspires visions of an AFC South title.