According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Netowrk, Andre Johnson would like to earn back the $1 million workout bonus that he essentially forfeited by skipping the Texans’ OTA’s and mandatory minicamp, but Houston has said no.
Before OTAs and minicamp, star wide receiver Andre Johnson told the Houston Texans he had heard enough from the new staff and coach Bill O’Brien to make him want to show up and join the team. He told them of his plans to be there for offseason workouts, despite missing the early portion of it. The question revolved around his $1 million bonus for attending workouts.
Though Johnson had missed some of the sessions, he wanted to earn his money back by working out extra, allowing him to receive the money.
The Texans told him no, per two sources informed of the situation.
Johnson has since told the Texans that he wants to be traded.
That furthered the divide between Johnson and the Texans, driving a wedge between the parties. That caused Johnson to tell them he wanted to play for another team. He is now working out, “not thinking about the Texans,” a source said.
Per Rapoport, Houston isn’t willing to get rid of Johnson, one of the NFL’s top receivers even though four teams have shown interest in getting a deal done.
The Texans have resisted his request for a trade thus far, though four teams have expressed interest. Meanwhile, one veteran Texans player said while the team wants Johnson to play with them in 2014, they’ve also told him from a business sense, “Stick to your guns.”
Update: Rapoport is now reporting that the Raiders could be a possible landing spot.