After years of being among the NFL’s elite receivers, Johnson is beginning to show some signs of age. More pressing is his $10.5 million salary and $16.1 million cap number for next year.
“Nobody wants to hear that,” said Johnson, when talking about reducing his pay. “But it’s the nature of the business. I’ve seen it happen, heard it happen, had it happen to friends of mine. I understand that.”
Barring a huge game in the Texans season finale against the Jagurs, Johnson will finish with just his fifth season of less than 1,000 yards though three of the other four came with 13 or less games played.
The Texans began the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center but he eventually gave way to Ryan Mallett who lasted just two games before being injured and forcing a return to Fitzpatrick. Upon his return Fitzpatrick was lost for the season as was rookie third stringer Tom Savage. The Texans will start Case Keenum on Sunday for the second straight game. Keenum played in eight games last season during the Texans 14 game losing streak to end the year.