Long-time Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson went public with his frustrations this week, wondering aloud, “Is this still the place for me?”
Rich Gannon took exception to Johnson’s comments, calling out the seven-time Pro Bowler Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“Here’s a guy that’s 32 years old, he’s heading into his 12th season, he’s been paid a lot of money to play for that team, and he’s got three years left on his contract,” Gannon said. “[Texans owner] Bob McNair has been very good to him, the other coaches have been great to him, Gary Kubiak took good care of him, made sure they rested him, made him take days off from practice, was very patient when he had some injuries and setbacks. […] And yet, they open mini camp last week, and he wasn’t there. […] He’s not happy, but what is he doing to make the situation better?”
Johnson’s actions, according to Gannon, will hurt the team’s transition under new head coach Bill O’Brien, who is replacing Kubiak after last year’s 2-14 season.
“One of your veteran leaders, one of the captains of your football team, decides he’s not going to participate in the offseason program,” Gannon said. “The idea that he would be traded is simply not gonna happen. If they were to trade Andre Johnson, they’d have about $12 million in dead money. And not only that, but he’s one of the best players on the football team.”
“He’s making the process difficult for everyone else,” Gannon added, “and I don’t like that.”
For NFL offseason analysis, follow @SiriusXMNFL on Twitter, and tune to SiriusXM NFL Radio, channel 88.