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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Whether the request is realistic or not, new Jets running back Chris Johnson undoubtedly thinks like a fan.
He wants to see the Jets make a play for future Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Johnson, who seems quite upset with his current employers, the Houston Texans.
That tweet set off chaos on Twitter on Tuesday as Jets fans came out from under rocks to echo Chris Johnson’s sentiments. Two weeks ago, WFAN.com’s Jeff Capellini suggested the Jets pursue Andre Johnson in a column and the response on social media was similar.
Clearly, Andre Johnson, even at 33 by the start of the season, would make the Jets better. He has 927 career receptions and with two more solid seasons will be within reach of 15,000 career receiving yards, which only five players have attained. Those worried about his age need only look at his 2013 season in which he had 109 receptions for 1,407 yards. Add in the fact that the Jets still need a home run threat out wide and that Johnson is upset with the direction the Texans are heading in and the idea of trading for the perennial All-Pro makes a lot of sense.
But what likely doesn’t from a Jets standpoint is Johnson’s contract. He’s due roughly $33 million over the next three years.
Considering his limited track record with veterans and his apparent love for building through the draft, general manager John Idzik likely would not go for taking on that kind of salary for a player that age, even one with Johnson’s skill set and accomplishments.
What’s more, the man taxed with rebuilding the Texans, former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, comes from the Bill Belichick coaching lineage, and those coaches over the years have not caved in to veteran players’ demands. O’Brien likely would have a hard time selling to his new fan base the loss of someone like Johnson, who is without question the greatest player in franchise history.
That said, as long as back page-loving Woody Johnson owns the Jets, rule nothing out. It’s likely a lot more people than simply Chris Johnson will be monitoring Andre Johnson’s situation going forward.
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