Although four teams have expressed interest in dealing for Andre Johnson, Around The League has maintained that a trade involving the disgruntled wide receiver is highly unlikely.
Schein: Texans won't trade Johnson
Andre Johnson apparently wants out of Houston. Will the
ponder dealing the franchise icon? No way, says
In fact, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported the Texans have been unwilling to trade the 11-year veteran.
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain went a step further on Friday, stating flat-out that Johnson will not be traded.
In fact, McClain "guaranteed," via a video posted on the Chronicle's website, that Johnson will be playing for the Texans in Week 1 versus the Redskins.
The Texans realize this is just business, per McClain, and there are no hard feelings toward their franchise icon. But the organization also firmly believes they are better off with Johnson on the roster, and they are determined to see him finish his career in a Houston uniform.
From a financial perspective, they don't want to hand over Johnson's $1 million workout bonus or guarantee his 2015 salary for fear of setting a precedent to be used by J.J. Watt's agent in the future.
Unless Johnson legitimately is willing to remove football from his life -- as Carson Palmer did with the Bengals in 2011 -- he lacks any semblance of leverage.
The 33-year-old would be walking away not only from $10 million, but also the opportunity to solidify his Hall of Fame résumé on the heels of back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons.
In other words, fans of the Patriots, Browns and Panthers shouldn't count on seeing one of the game's premier wideouts in their team's uniform this summer.
The latest "Around The League Podcast" makes sense of the Andre Johnson situation and pitches ways to fix the "Top 100."