"He is Houston," Foster said. "I remember when I had my little run where I had back-to-back like great seasons and I felt like this city loves me, they love me here. Everywhere I go this is still Dre's city. I don't care if James Harden is walking around or Dwight Howard or whatever. This is Andre's city."
It appears Johnson will have two choices: show up and play for the franchise he's been the face of for 11 seasons or walk away from football. Foster clearly wants the dynamic receiver -- coming off a 1,407 yard season -- on the field, but he grasps Johnson's frustration.
"I understand where he's coming from. I really do," Foster said. "This is a business and people forget this is a business and he's at a point in his career where he doesn't want money now. He wants to go win."
Veterans report to Texans training camp on July 25. The team could fine Johnson $30,000 a day if he holds out.
"I would love to have him here, but ultimately that's one of my friends outside of the field. I want him to do what's best for him," Foster said. "If he doesn't feel like playing anymore and wants to hang them up, I'm going to support him 100 percent. If he wants to come back and help us win, I'm all for that as well."