Andre Johnson's Holdout Continues Another Bad Trend in the NFL

Old AccountSenior Writer IMay 18, 2010

ST. LOUIS - DECEMBER 20:  Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans carries the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on December 20, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Another one bites the dust.

Andre Johnson, statistically the best receiver in the game, feels he deserves a contract that makes him the highest paid player at the position.

The contract that Larry Fitzgerald received, along with Brandon Marshall's deal a few months ago, continues another trend in the NFL that hurts everyone involved.

This is the inability of sticking with the contract one previously signed.

In 2007, Johnson signed a contract that now leaves $60 million over the next five years.

Most would be satisfied with that. Right now, Johnson disagrees. However, according to other reports, he wanted a higher signing bonus, which made the contract to a lesser degree.

In the end, Johnson and the Texans will reach a new contract. In fact, there is no choice but to give him what he wants.

He performs on the field week in, week out, and he makes a point that he deserves a top contract among the best receivers in the game.

But this will put more strain on the Texans' front office, coaching staff, and the locker room.

Him skipping training camp brings another dark cloud over Houston, which is dealing with the Brian Cushing controversy.

The Texans are known for being the team that will reward players with new contracts if they stay team players and still participate in training camp (according to Texans Insiders).

This case will probably turn out different, with the pressure of paying Johnson the money he wants.

Players might respect Andre's talent but can become upset with the special treatment one guy may receive.

It can bring more tension to an already rocky situation.

However, it shouldn't even get to this point. Andre Johnson signed a contract a few years ago and should wait the time until he earns a new one.

In the modern world, maybe I'll decide, hey, I feel I deserve a raise, and I don't appreciate these cuts. How about I skip work for the next week until I get my new paycheck—how does that sound?

Professional athletes should be no different than normal human beings.

I am rooting that this situation doesn't become one similar to Anquan Boldin or Brandon Marshall that carries out through the season.

2010 may be the year the Texans can join the postseason this winter.

However, if Andre Johnson is unhappy, another drama of a summer will occur involving a top player who feels he has overachieved the millions of dollars he has already received.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.

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