Andre Johnson to Baltimore, Unlikely

AJ v Webb

Andre Johnson is a beast!

And apparently he is a beast looking to be unleashed from Houston.

Naturally the stud receiver starved fans of Baltimore want Ozzie Newsome to wave his magic wand and for Gary Kubiak to sprinkle some purple stardust into the eyes of the Texans front office and bring AJ to Charm City. After all, Johnson is coming off a spectacular season in 2013 when he hauled in 109 passes for 1,407 yards and 5 TD’s despite some suspect play at quarterback.

No one understands the impact of Johnson more than Kubiak and clearly the Texans before him who have migrated to Baltimore have been successful.

But there are two big factors weighing against such a move – age and money.

Johnson will be 33 before he takes the practice field during training camp this summer. He is also owed $10M in base salary in 2014 according to the terms of his current contract and he’s scheduled to make $10.5M and $11M in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

It is highly doubtful that Johnson will ever see that money.

You have to wonder why Johnson is now chirping about moving on from Houston. If the Texans trade Johnson they will be free of that big salary and they will save $3.68M in cap space according to OverTheCap.com.

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Bringing attention to himself through his outspoken displeasures also brings attention to his gaudy paycheck. That weakens the leverage for both Johnson and the team.

Of course Johnson could be more interested in winning than he is the money at this point in his career and perhaps he is willing to accept a more cap friendly deal to play for a team that might advance to the Super Bowl.

The operative word is “friendly”.

Sure, it would be nice to have AJ join the Ravens, maybe turn his 2014 salary into bonus and amortize it over 3 seasons but even then you are looking at a cap hit of over $4M in 2014 when you factor in the veteran minimum salary.

That represents 67% of the team’s available cap space – space that might be more wisely allocated for a veteran offensive lineman and/or a nickel corner.

Now had Haloti Ngata and the Ravens reached an agreement on an extension…

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15 Raves on “Andre Johnson to Baltimore, Unlikely

  1. Brian Tray on said:

    The Ravens would be fearsome on both sides od the ball if they got Johnson. Probably get back to the SB given the upgrading of the offensive line and an already good defense.
    Just might be worth it……..

  2. JB Johnson on said:

    I know for a fact….he would come to Baltimore……im a Texan fan and don’t want Dre to leave but he deserves opportunity at SB, and Kubiaks offense is really good. It could be a great fit

  3. Whalebone on said:

    Very intriguing, Flacco would not be able to contain himself if AJ came to B-more. Push the button Ozzie this move would make our offense incredible. Screw the cap space moves can be made later on to satisfy that.

  4. J on said:

    Johnson could be the move that puts us over the top. Why cant they rip up this contract and redue it.33 thats not 35, thats about what Boldin was 32-33 and he put us over the top for a SB Run.

  5. CHERI on said:

    Boy would this be exciting it this would happened it would be one of the best off sesaons ever but thenI woke up from my dream and realize it will not happen.
    1. Steve Smith pick up
    2. Johnson salary and cap number
    3 Ravens are already down 2 draft picks next years on’t think they want to give away anymore
    4 Cleveland has an even bigger need then the Ravens at WR and they have a boat load of cap space and 2015 draft picks to make it work though Johnson may feel Cleveland’s situation s no better then Houston’s.

  6. Nosympathy on said:

    Crybaby players should just suck it up and play. How many have played and not won a SB but still cash the check. Kubiak and Johnson are on the chopping block. Retire happy in Florida and quit whining!

  7. Cody on said:

    Too bad Joe Flacco is an overpaid bum and even if he had andre would still throw 4 more touchdowns to picks in the season

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