Johnson has been given permission by the team to explore the trade market after he told them he wanted to be traded or cut prior to the start of the 2015 season.
Texans gave Andre Johnson permission to seek a trade. Told him he'd have a reduced role next season. He asked to be traded or cut instead.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 3, 2015
At age 34 Johnson is in his decline stage after being one of the NFL’s better receivers for a decade. With a base salary of $10.5 million and $11 million in 2016 his prospects for a trade are slim. The Texans could save $8.25 million against the salary cap by simply cutting him.
Once Johnson is axed the Texans will go with DeAndre Hopkins as their clear-cut No. 1 receiver.
Johnson caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three touchdowns a season ago.