Pay day for 'Dre
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Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver on the planet, and now he wants his paycheck to reflect that fact. That's not exactly a stunning development, and many Texans fans have simply been waiting for this day to arrive; since Larry Fitzgerald cashed in a couple of years ago, it was only a matter of time. Now that Brandon Marshall has upped the ante with his new deal in Miami, it was inevitable that Andre Johnson would request his contract be reevaluated, and his decision to skip voluntary workouts that won't cost him a dime in fines is a perfect vehicle to that end.
The only real hesitation surrounding paying Andre Johnson more money is the fact that the Texans proactively did it three years ago, giving 'Dre a then-whopping $15,000,000.00 in guaranteed money (while simultaneously freeing up $6,000,000.00 in cap space at the time, which made the deal an unequivocal win for the franchise as well). Yes, it is unfortunate that 'Dre is seeking to renegotiate a contract that still has five more years left on it. Despite the urge to paint Andre Johnson as the prototypical greedy athlete, however, consider that the Texans could cut him today, and that seemingly insane $60,000,000.00 deal signed only three years ago would hardly be worth the paper it's written on from the standpoint of additional money to Johnson now. If the team gets to reap the benefits of the NFL's system -- where contracts aren't really contracts in the traditional sense -- the players will too.
I have no doubt that the Texans will get something done with Andre Johnson. Whether that's an entirely new deal with new guaranteed dollars, or a modification of the existing deal that guarantees additional money, it'll happen. He's too important to the team and too important to the 2010 season for it not to happen, regardless of management's position on his current deal.
May 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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