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Texans' future concerns WR Johnson

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 13 2014 05:33:42 PM CDT
Updated On: May 13 2014 06:09:18 PM CDT
Andre Johnson 2013

Reuters

Longtime Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson questions whether he wants to stay with the team after its struggles last year.

At age 32, Johnson is concerned about playing out his career with a team that is rebuilding after a 2-14 season in 2013. But he said he has not requested a trade.

"When you've been somewhere for a long time, nobody's been here as long as I have," Johnson said Tuesday. "I've been thinking about things this offseason. Kind of wonder if this is still the place for me."

The 11-year veteran holds club records for receptions with 927 for 12,661 yards and 61 touchdowns. Last season, Johnson showed no signs of a dropoff, catching 109 passes for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns.

But the team's record frustrated Johnson enough that he walked off the field after a disagreement with former Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during a game against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 17.

With Schaub now gone, the Texans decided against selecting a quarterback with the first pick in the draft. Instead, they waited until the fourth round to pick Pitt's Tom Savage. That leaves Houston with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, T.J. Yates, Case Keenum and Savage to compete for the quarterback job.

"I just look over my career, is it a place? I've only been to the playoffs twice. I think we've only had three winning seasons, two 8-8 seasons," Johnson said. "I don't think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating. And this offseason has been very frustrating for me; beginning of the offseason, I should say. That's just kind of where I'm at right now."

Johnson plans to skip the Texans' organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp in June under new coach Bill O'Brien, who was hired to replace fired Gary Kubiak. He did not show up for voluntary workouts last week

"When you bring in a new coach, you go through a rebuilding process, some people say it's not rebuilding, some people say it's a quick fix," Johnson said. "Everybody has their own opinion. But I've been through this more than once. When I make my decision, I'll make my decision.

"Nobody's been here as long as I have. You just kind of look at things; I've been thinking about things this offseason. And I just kind of wonder sometimes, 'Is this still the place for me?'"

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