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Although he hasn't openly asked to be traded, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson doesn't appear happy with the current direction of the organization.
According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, Johnson's adviser and uncle, Andre Melton, made it known early on that the wideout would not be at mandatory minicamp. Johnson indeed stayed away from minicamp just as he has all activities this offseason.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com recently reported there is no indication that the Texans will be quick to move Johnson. The team doesn't really have a backup plan for life without its star wideout, so there is no benefit to seeking an immediate trade.
Of course, the Texans would also face a world without Johnson if the star wideout decides to simply retire rather than play for his current team, which Florio has pointed to as a possibility.
This difference here is that Houston could seek to recoup a large portion of Johnson's bonus money if he retires, reportedly around $8 million, per Florio. If the Texans trade Johnson, the team will be forced to swallow $11.96 million in dead money, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer.
While Houston would probably like to get something out of Johnson rather than let him walk into retirement, the team may not be able to get the desired compensation in a trade because of his hefty contract (three years, $34.5 million).
It doesn't make a lot of sense to take that much of a dead-money hit unless the Texans can get more than a late-round pick or depth player in return.
If a truly jaw-dropping trade offer comes along, the Texans may be forced to consider it, but for now it appears the team would much rather just have him show up to camp.