Andre Johnson is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and he may be on the market. The wide out is unhappy with the Houston Texans and wants to be traded to a contender. Buffalo is an up-and-coming team, but a contender? Not yet. That right there should end any talk of the Bills and Johnson, but my Twitter feed thinks otherwise.
Money is one of the factors in play with Johnson and the Texans, but he’s most upset at the Texans QB situation. The team had the opportunity to draft any quarterback in the class with the top pick, but the team didn’t deem any of the QBs as franchise guys. Now, Johnson has Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage as his quarterbacks. None have a track record of success, so he has good reason to be upset. Johnson turned 33 today (Happy birthday!) and he knows his career s winding down. Buffalo currently has EJ Manuel, Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel as their quarterbacks. It’s a young and unproven trio so there’s no reason to believe that Johnson would even be receptive to joining the Bills.
Some fans believe that Andre Johnson would put the Bills over the top in terms of being a playoff team, but this isn’t necessarily true. Nine of the top 14 receivers last season did not make the playoffs. The nine receivers included: Josh Gordon, Antonio Brown, Calvin Johnson, Alshon Jeffery, Andre Johnson, Pierre Garcon, Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant and Vincent Jackson. Brown, Jeffery, Bryant and Marshall almost helped their respective teams into the playoffs but Gordon, Megatron, Johnson, Garcon and Jackson didn’t put their respective teams over the top. There’s nothing wrong with having a great wide receiver, but they truly don’t put a team over the top.
Jayson Braddock, a RotoExperts writer, listed the Bills as the 5th best landing spot for Johnson and said the following:
5) Buffalo Bills – Mentor to talented, youthful bunch. Watkins, Woods, Goodwin, Graham & even Mike Williams. Exciting offense ++ weapons
— Jayson Braddock (@JaysonBraddock) July 11, 2014
Would Johnson be a terrific mentor? Absolutely. However, Braddock seems to be forgetting about a different Johnson… Stevie Johnson. Now, there’s no denying that Andre Johnson is the better receiver of the two, but if the Bills had wanted a mentor for the young wideouts Stevie would still be on the team.
Mike Williams, the oldest receiver listed above, may have had issues off the field but he’s been rather successful on it. Robert Woods had a fine rookie season and was the only receiver who showed consistent chemistry with EJ Manuel. And Sammy Watkins? The team traded up and drafted him 4th overall for a reason. The Bills feel he’ll be a top wide receiver and that he’s wise beyond his years. This is the starting trio the Bills want to see on the field in early September. Adding Andre Johnson would certainly add more talent to the Bills, but it’d also slow the development of Buffalo’s future.
Andre Johnson isn’t coming to Buffalo, and hopefully he stays far away from the AFC East if he’s traded.