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After speaking to four NFL executives regarding potential trade compensation for Andre Johnson, the Sideline View's Lance Zierlein received answers ranging from a second- to fifth-round pick.

Although the Houston Chronicle's John McClain has been adamant the Texans will not trade Johnson, it's worth remembering McClain was adamant for most of the pre-draft process that the Texans would not select Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1 overall. (They did.) We suspect GM Rick Smith would seriously consider dealing Johnson if a win-now team offered a 2015 second-round pick. If the offer were a fourth- or fifth-rounder, the Texans should comfortably pass.
Jul 11 - 1:51 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports Andre Johnson "will not be traded."

Beat writer John McClain is plugged in to all things Texans. He believes the team wants Johnson to finish his career in Houston, and they don't want to deal Johnson simply because he wants out, which would set a precedent for similar situations if they developed in the future. Another big factor is money. The Texans would eat $12 million by trading Johnson, and the acquiring team would take on his roughly $16 million cap hit. McClain expects Johnson to either play for the Texans in Week 1, or sit out and forfeit over $500,000 per week.
Jul 11 - 9:56 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Andre Johnson would be willing to restructure his contract to facilitate a trade, but not take a pay-cut.

In other words, Johnson would gladly help a new club kick the can down the road, but would still expect to eventually collect every cent in it. Johnson's $15.644 million cap number greatly complicates any potential deal, and would make a restructure all but necessary.
Jul 10 - 8:15 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Andre Johnson has told the Texans "he wants to play for another team."

Rapoport added four teams have expressed interest in the veteran wide receiver, but Houston is resisting the move. It is unsurprising Johnson wants a trade. Entering his age-33 season, Johnson does not have time to wait through yet another rebuilding job. He is also unhappy the Texans refused a deal that would have paid him his $1 million workout bonus despite the fact that he missed several sessions. Even with the animosity, it is not a certainty Johnson leaves Houston. Rapoport believes the Texans could remedy the situation by paying Johnson his $1 million or promising him a roster spot in 2015. This has the look of a saga that could drag into camp.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 10 - 12:01 PM

Andre Johnson hinted to NFL Network's Marcus Smith on Wednesday that he plans on reporting to training camp.

"Hopefully," said A.J., who skipped last month's mandatory minicamp. "We’ll see what happens. Camp is three weeks away." Johnson's beef was never about money. He understandably fears a lengthy rebuild for a team that had May's No. 1 overall draft pick, but we suspect the Texans will be more competitive more quickly than Johnson believes. His "hopefully" comment suggests ending the holdout is in Johnson's plans. Currently sporting a late-fourth-round Average Draft Position, Johnson has the look of a value pick entering his age-33 season.
Jul 9 - 7:55 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) is unsure of when he'll gain full clearance, but "knows" he'll be ready for Week 1.

Coach Bill O'Brien previously said he expected Cushing to be ready for camp, but it sounds like he could start out on the active/PUP list. Now 27, Cushing signed a fat extension last September, but has been limited to 12-of-32 games over the past two seasons. He needs to stay healthy in 2014 to remain one of the foundations of the Texans' long-term plans.
Jul 8 - 9:39 PM

Sixth-round pick Alfred Blue is competing for the Texans' No. 2 running back job.

Andre Brown remains the favorite to back up Arian Foster, but Blue could potentially be part of a committee if Foster missed time. The Texans apparently don't trust Brown on third downs, though pass blocking was a strength of his in New York. Foster will have a full-time role provided he stays healthy. Blue looks like a good bet to make the Texans' 53-man roster. Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Grimes are the only other running backs on the depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 9:17 PM

The Texans have moved Brooks Reed to inside linebacker, as expected.

One of new coach Bill O'Brien's mottos is "the more you can do." Reed could be a Tedy Bruschi-like player under ex-Patriots DC Romeo Crennel, with flexibility to play either inside or outside. In base packages, expect Reed to line up next to Brian Cushing, with Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus on the edges. In Houston's "sub" defenses, Reed will give Houston a lot of pass-rush options.
Jul 2 - 10:07 PM

ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli fully expects Andre Johnson to be back with Houston this season.

Johnson skipped last month's mandatory minicamp as he tries to force a trade, but none of the media covering the Texans expect him to dig his heels in. The Texans would never be able to get equal value for a player that's 33 years old (next week) and carrying a hefty contract. Johnson's choices will likely come down to either playing with Ryan Fitzpatrick or sitting out the season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 1 - 7:27 PM

Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey could be competing for one roster spot.

The competition for jobs behind Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins is wide open, with Posey, Mike Thomas, and Alan Bonner all candidates for Houston's three- and four-wide sets. Martin is more of an asset on special teams, but averaged just 26.3 yards on kick returns last year. The Texans plan to use a lot of "12" formations with Garrett Graham and Ryan Griffin on the field at the same time, so one of Martin or Posey could be cut if they keep five receivers.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 28 - 2:48 PM

Fourth-year WR Mike Thomas has "really impressed coaches" this offseason.

Thomas, a former fourth-round pick, was out of the league last year after he failed to make both the Lions and Cardinals' 53-man rosters. The Texans have an unsettled receiver corps beyond Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. It's possible Thomas could push for a role in four-wide sets. DeVier Posey is expected to get the majority of time in the slot.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 28 - 2:37 PM

No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney claims he played through a sports hernia last season at South Carolina.

The dots connect because Clowney underwent sports hernia surgery two weeks ago, though it's surprising he wasn't red-flagged at the Combine, which would've led to an earlier surgery date. The procedure cost Clowney the Texans' final two OTA practices and minicamp, and he "couldn't say for sure" Thursday whether he'll be ready by training camp. Perhaps the injury helps explain Clowney's sluggish 2013 production. He posted 13 sacks in 2012, but just three last year.
Jun 26 - 4:51 PM

Case Keenum said he hopes to throw with Andre Johnson this summer before training camp.

Nobody with the Texans has seen Johnson in a couple months. Keenum plans to give him a call, so both players can stay sharp before camp opens. Neither Ryan Fitzpatrick nor Tom Savage, the other two quarterbacks in Houston, has ever played with Johnson. It remains to be seen whether Johnson plans to show up for training camp. Keenum is competing with Savage for backup duties.
Source: CSN Houston
Jun 26 - 9:23 AM

According to the Sideline View's Lance Zierlein, Ryan Fitzpatrick and DeAndre Hopkins developed a strong connection during spring practices.

With Andre Johnson holding out in hopes of a trade, Hopkins was about all Fitzpatrick and rookie Tom Savage had to throw to. The second-year wideout has already admitted learning his third offense in three years has "not been easy," but look for Fitzpatrick to pepper Hopkins with simple, short throws that will allow him to rack up YAC. Per PFF, Hopkins had the second-lowest drop rate last season, dropping just one of 53 catchable balls. He has some WR3 appeal.
Jun 25 - 10:44 AM

Speaking Thursday, Jadeveon Clowney (sports-hernia surgery) called himself day to day, and declined to guarantee that he'll be ready for the start of camp.

Clowney added that he's feeling better every day. Clowney could miss the opening days of camp out of an abundance of caution, but barring a setback, he should see plenty of preseason action.
Jun 19 - 1:17 PM


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