Andre Johnson a fit in Baltimore?Posted on May 14, 2014 by Rob Michels
The Houston Texans were the worst team in the NFL last season. With the first overall pick they elected to draft defensive end Jadeveon Clowney instead of a quarterback. Wide Receiver Andre Johnson expressed his disappointment with the team and their offseason strategy.
"I just look at my career. ... I've only been to the playoffs twice. I think we've only had three winning seasons," said Johnson, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I don't think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating.
Johnson has been a premier wide receiver in the league for over a decade now and his frustration is understandable. He has never had the opportunity to catch passes from an elite quarterback and rarely has seen the postseason during his time in Houston.
The way Johnson has expressed his disappointment a trade demand could be in the near future. It makes one think which team would be the best fit for the pass catcher. Baltimore Ravens fans have to consider the thought of Johnson lining up on the outside and catching passes from Joe Flacco.
The Ravens have never had a wide out as good as Andre Johnson in the history of the franchise. He would be the first truly elite wide receiver that quarterback Joe Flacco has had the opportunity to throw to. Sounds like a match made in heaven, but not so fast.
The Ravens have already spent money on pass catchers this offseason for Flacco, signing free agents Steve Smith and Owen Daniels as well as resigning Dennis Pitta. Johnson would be an upgrade over all three but at what price?
If Johnson is traded by June 1st the Texans would save $3.68 million against the cap. That would leave behind $11.98 million in dead money and help the Texans salary wise this season and a ton in 2015. The problem with a trade is a team would have to pay the 33 year old Johnson top notch money. He still has $34.5 million remaining on a deal that runs through 2016.
It’s simply not in the finances for the Ravens to make a move. Not to mention the Ravens don’t have a history of dealing early draft picks. Johnson would most likely field a second round pick or at the least a third.
The money and the draft picks it would cost to trade for Johnson is simply too much. The Ravens could really use a wide receiver with his caliber and he has played for offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak for the past eight seasons in Houston. In the end, thinking logically Johnson isn’t a possibility.
So Ravens fans can pump the brakes, well actually slam on them because Andre Johnson in Baltimore isn’t happening.