Andre Johnson has spent his entire career at the Houston Texans, firmly cementing himself into team folklore thanks to the multiple franchise records he boasts.
Those records that Johnson holds are in no danger of being beaten, even though the man himself is almost certainly set to leave Houston in the very near future.
That likelihood grew even more today with the news that Johnson has told the Texans organization that he wants to be released, after reports of him being up for trade discussions were revealed last week.
According to a recent report from ProFootballTalk, Johnson’s agent Kennard McGuire has revealed that the wide receiver wants to be released from his contract and decide his next team instead of the possibility of being traded somewhere he doesn't want to go.
“After 12 years of being a model citizen, an ambassador, and the face of this franchise, he deserves more than a mishandled P.R. campaign that showcases only one side of the story,” McGuire told PFT on Wednesday morning. “After 12 years, he deserves to be sent off in a better way.”
The Texans recently informed Johnson that he would become a significantly lesser part of the team's offense in the 2015 season, being told he would only catch around 40 balls next year. As you can imagine, the 7-time All-Star wasn't exactly happy with that news and was so furious that he decided he had to leave.
I just laughed," said Johnson of his reaction to O’Brien’s comments. "They gave me my role, and I just laughed at them. How do you tell a guy who is used to catching 80 balls a year that he was going to catch 40?"
The Texans responded by granting Johnson the permission to seek a trade. McGuire revealed he believed that the Texans deliberately leaked the news of a potential trade in an effort to minimize criticism from fans that they were trying to get rid of a fan favorite player and make it seem like Johnson wanted out and it wasn't the team fault.