Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson reported to training camp Friday after threats of a holdout. Johnson, 33, previously stated his desire to play for a contender as he gets older. Johnson is scheduled to make a minimum of $31.5 million over the next three years from the Texans, making a trade costly. They were also unwilling to trade him because Johnson is still among the elite receivers in football.
Houston's worries disappeared as Johnson reported to Texans training camp Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Johnson commented on his return to reporters. "I'm gonna play football. I don't plan on walking away from this."
"I feel very comfortable with where the organization is going." When asked if he intends on finishing his career with Houston, he responded, "That's the plan."
Johnson, a 7-time Pro Bowler, has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in five of his last six seasons. He is still an elite receiver, but his frustration with Houston is understandable. The Texans are coming off a 2-14 season, a surprising disappointment after making the playoffs the previous two seasons.
Johnson has played for the Texans for his entire 12-year career and has witnessed the ups and downs of the franchise's history. He first revealed his frustration in May. "I've only been to the playoffs twice. I think we've only had three winning seasons. I don't think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating. And this offseason has been very frustrating for me; beginning of the offseason, I should say. That's just kind of where I'm at right now."
He realized the Texans weren't going to trade him, and he was hurting both himself and the team by holding out. Now that he is back, Johnson can focus on helping the team rebound from a poor season.
With Jadeveon Clowney and hopefully healthy Brian Cushing, the Texans' defense will improve. Johnson will look to lead an offense led by newly-acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick.
"It's my job to make up for the time that I missed. I'm gonna work my butt off, like I always do,"