There is trouble down in Houston as the Texans' best offensive weapon Andre Johnson is attempting to engineer a move away from the franchise which he has been the face of for his entire career.

The trouble seems to have started when the Texans failed to bring in a viable quarterback replacement, it escalated when Johnson missed OTA's and ramped up still further when
the Texans refused to give him the chance to earn back the money he lost from skipping said OTA's.

Given the financial costs and the importance of Johnson to the Texans I'm still betting this gets cleared up. If Johnson was to go though what would be the most likely landing spots?

New England Patriots

Why it could happen

It seems like the stereotypical genius Bill Bellichek move. Grab at 1200 yard plus wide
receiver who is hungry to win something before his career finishes and watch Tom Brady throw him pass after pass for huge yards.

Why it won't

Things may not have worked out last season but the Patriots have pieced together a wide receiver combination of Edelman, Dobson and LaFell that should give Brady the
weapons he needs to succeed; especially if Gronkowski come back fit. The Patriots aren't going to want to upset all this by bringing in a veteran like Johnson.

Cleveland Browns

Why it could happen

The Browns have just over $24 million in cap space that is more than enough to take on Andre Johnson's contract. They also have draft picks to play with thanks to the trade with Buffalo this season.

Plus, Johnson shined last season in new Browns offensive co-ordinator Kyle Shanahan offense.

Why it won't

The Browns have already brought in a couple of veteran wide receivers and completely overlooked the position in the draft. It's looking like whatever happens to Josh Gordon the Browns hierarchy were never going to target the receiver position for strengthening.

Carolina Panthers

Why it could happen

Have you seen the Panthers wide receiver corp? With Steve Smith gone Cam Newton's
favourite target is shaping to be rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin who in his route running is the dictionary definition of raw. Johnson would be a needed and welcome upgrade.

Why it won't

The Panthers aren't in a great cap position and this is why they lost so many player to other teams in free agency. Johnson's current contract sees him earning $21.5 million over the next two years. Also even if the Panther are interested would the Texans be willing to sell to another AFC team? It would be a real kick in the teeth for Texans fans to see player who holds almost every franchise receiving record playing for an AFC rival.

Kansas City Chiefs

Why it could happen

The Chiefs receiving corp is one of the weakest in the NFL. The addition of Johnson would immediately give them a number one receiver.

Why it won't

If Johnson wants to move to a contender it's hard to see Kansas City fitting the bill.

Oakland Raiders

Why it could happen

The Raiders have lots and lots of cap space left. They are probably the only team that could take Johnson's contract without having to restructure it.

Also the Raiders now have ex-Texan QB Matt Schaub. I'm sure Schaub would love his new team to bring in a receiver that he knows he can rely on.

Why it won't

The Raiders are even further away from winning anything than the Texans. Johnson presumably doesn't want to move from one struggling franchise to another. Also he knows just how bad Matt Schaub is.

Seattle Seahawks

Why it could happen

The Seahawks have enough cap space left that a restructured and reduced deal for Johnson might just be possible and if they were to add Johnson to the offense their wide receiver corp would be hugely upgraded.

Why it won't

The Seahawks are a run heavy offense. Last season they ran the ball 54.79% of the time. Even if they move to a more passing based system they already have Percy Harvin coming back to fitness and their top 2014 draft pick Paul Richardson. I don't see how Johnson would get enough receptions to match his cost.

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