The New England Patriots could use a big veteran wide receiver like Andre Johnson, who has said he is unsure about his return to the Houston Texans.
But Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com writes that Johnson would be a “longshot” to join the Patriots.
“That would be a dream-like scenario for the team and one I’d rate as a longshot at this point,” writes Reiss. “The primary thought is if the Texans get to the point that they do consider trading Johnson (a big “if”), it would be better business for them to do so with an NFC team (keep Johnson out of the conference). One additional thought not related to the Patriots in this situation: If Johnson has done his homework on new head coach Bill O’Brien, it’s hard to imagine why he wouldn’t want to play in his offense. It’s receiver-friendly, for sure.”
Johnson, 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, has played 11 seasons in the NFL, amassing 927 receptions, 12,661 receiving yards and 61 touchdowns.
Johnson, 32, still has $34.5 million remaining on a deal that runs through 2016.
Christopher Price of WEEI.com also considers Johnson a “longshot.”
“Ultimately, the Patriots should be expected to at least inquire about the possibility of Johnson. But unless the receiver is willing to re-work his contract — or New England is able to move a lot of money around over the next couple of weeks — it seems like a bit of a long shot, at least at this point.”