Andre Johnson trade rumors: Should the Eagles have interest?

Al Bello

Probably not, but here we are.

According to Ian Rapoport, Houston Texans wide receiver is not very gruntled (sic). These reports indicate that Johnson is working out but "not thinking about the Texans" and has even told Houston that he wants to play for another team. The Texans obviously aren't too happy about this because Johnson is a really good player and they want him to be part of their rebuild. It appears Johnson would rather go to a team he considers more of a championship contender. With that said, Johnson is reportedly on the trade block and there are four teams interested in the veteran pass catcher.

Texans SB Nation site Battle Red Blog took a crack at guessing the four Johnson suitors. I have to admit that I was surprised to see the Philadelphia Eagles were mentioned.

Why? Why not? The Eagles are in prime position to establish a stranglehold on the NFC East with a cheap franchise quarterback on a rookie deal, a superstar rushing tandem, and a potentially upgraded pass rush with first round pick Marcus Smith. Throw in $19 million dollars in cap space and possibly the biggest steal of the draft in Jordan Matthews, and you have yourselves a contender that can get even better. Between Andre Johnson, Jeremy Maclin, Jordan Matthews, LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, and Zach Ertz, NFC defenses would have absolutely no idea what to do with themselves. As long as Foles continues to play like he did last year, this Eagles offense could be historic with the addition of Johnson. As much as it would hurt to watch Andre leave, it would still be fun as hell to watch the Eagles hang 30 up every Sunday without breaking a sweat.

OK, so that's not totally unreasonable. It's at least fun to think about for sure. But, here's the thing... it doesn't really make any sense for a number of reasons. First, there's no indication the Eagles are unhappy with their wide receiving corps. They brought Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper on new contacts, drafted Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff on day two of the 2014 NFL Draft, and still have a bunch of depth options (Brad Smith, etc.) that they like. Plus they even felt comfortable enough to release a player as productive as DeSean Jackson.

And while the Eagles cap space is certainly there for now, Johnson's contract is a huge commitment. The cap hits for the next three years are a monstrous $15.6 million, $16.1 million, and $14.7 million dollars. The Eagles have a number of young players they could be aiming to extend in the future such as Nick Foles, Brandon Boykin, etc. Committing major money to the 33-year-old Johnson just doesn't seem to make much sense.

Despite this reasoning, many fans will clamor for the addition of Johnson. It's just part of the occurrence that happens any time a player with a recognizable name becomes available. And it's certainly not limited to certain fans of any team. Just go on Google and/or Twitter and search "andre johnson eagles" or any other non-Texans team.

Or just reference this fun flowchart (click to enlarge):



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