Houston Texans running back Arian Foster spoke with a Houston-area news station this week, and gave his thoughts on the Andre Johnson situation.
Johnson, frustrated with the current direction of the team, has told the organization he’d like to play for another team. To this point, Houston has been unwilling to accommodate him with a trade.
Foster spoke about a number of things with Houston’s Local 2 news, highlighted by discussing Johnson’s situation, and how he’s perceived in Houston.
“He is Houston,” Foster said, “from a leadership standpoint, he doesn’t talk. (But) just having him there, he’s one of the greatest of all time.”
After being drafted in 2003, Johnson developed into one of the best receiver’s in football, and is the face of the Texans franchise. Foster compared the recognition he receives around Houston to that of Johnson, and wasted no time praising Johnson.
“I remember when I had my little run where I had like two back-to-back great seasons” the 27 year-old Foster said. “I feel like this city loves me here, they love me here” he reiterated, “(but) everywhere I go, this is still Dre’s city.”
Foster even compared Johnson to James Harden and Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets.
“I don’t care if James Harden is walking around, Dwight Howard, whatever,” Foster said, “this is Andre Johnson’s city.”
Johnson reportedly wants to play somewhere else in an effort to win more, which, after a 2-14 season, the Texans may not be ready to do just yet. And if that comes to fruition, Foster said, he understands.
“He’s at the point in his career where he doesn’t want money now” Foster said about the 33 year-old Johnson. “He just wants to go win.”
It remains to be seen what will happen in regard to Johnson and the Texans for this upcoming season. To this point, the team has shown no indication they’ll trade him. If Johnson were to get traded, or even retire, the face of the franchise, and the face of the city of Houston in Arian Foster’s opinion, would be leaving.