Andre Johnson is apparently willing to walk away from his $10 million dollar salary with the Houston Texans this season for reasons that aren't entirely clear--at least to the general public.
Johnson, the Texans' All-Pro wide receiver, isn't injured, but also isn't sure whether or not he will see the field this season, and maybe it's his decision.
Johnson doesn't seem to be too enamoured with Houston's rebuilding efforts under new coach Bill O'Brien, but he won't admit that in public.
Asked whether he'll be joining his teammates on the field this season, Johnson was coy.
"I don't know. I can't answer that question," Johnson said in the interview. “I just choose not to talk publicly about it. It’s in-house and that’s the way I choose to keep it. I’m not a big media guy, so I won’t — you know, I refuse to talk about it. Training camp’s a few weeks away, so we’ll see what happens.”
Old but awesome
Johnson, who will turn 33 this week, skipped voluntary workouts and minicamp during the offseason. He has had 11 productive seasons in the NFL, seven of which have resulted in 1,000-plus yards receiving. He has 12,661 receiving yards and 61 touchdown receptions during his career.
Is he ready to retire, or maybe just not too optimistic about the current crop of quarterbacks in Houston of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, and Tom Savage.
The Texans are also coming off a 2-14 season, which surely took a toll on everyone and led to the firing of longtime coach Gary Kubiak.
Johnson has been especially great the last two seasons, combining for 3,005 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. That's a sign that he still has a little juice left in the tank.
Should he walk away, he would give up his $10 million base salary for this season and may be held accountable in paying back more than $8 million in bonus money he has already earned. He is also scheduled to make $10.5 million in salary in 2015 and $11 million in 2016.
With training camp now three weeks away, Johnson did express a little hint of optimism that he'll show up.
"Hopefully. We'll see what happens," Johnson said. "Training camp's three weeks away, so we'll see what happens."
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