The Associated Press reported Thursday that Andre Johnson and the Houston Texans are moving on from the “blown out of proportion” contract dispute assumed after Johnson missed the first three days of Organized Team Activities (OTAs). Texans President Bob McNair met with Johnson Wednesday to put an end to any unfamiliar drama and discuss a new contract.
Although nothing has been set or said to be coming, Johnson’s a professional football player. He understands the business of football and that the Texans do not negotiate with players absent from team activities (See Dunta Robinson). Whether the Texans will negotiate with Johnson after already modifying his contract in 2007? Well, McNair claimed Johnson would remain a “happy Texan.”
Things McNair’s been happy about? The quarterback situation when Vick was a free agent, and, only reportedly, a mediocre season.
For Johnson, his absence was unlike him.
“Well I didn’t feel right being at home,” Johnson said. “If all the guys were out here working, I felt I like I should be out here working.”
Voluntary Organized Team Activities (OTAs) will carry on until the weekend before mandatory Mini-Camps in June. The Texans have to feel the mutual respect from such a loyal player. This is the perfect timing to set an example by paying a receiver what he deserves after eight hard played years. Johnson said in the wake of his uncle’s comments that he would like to retire in Houston; something ever Houston fan would like to see their legends do after the seeing the Dream get traded in 2001.