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    Andre Johnson wants to re-do contract and still have 5 years left on his deal

    This is just nuts. Maybe he has out preformed his deal but he has 5 years left. He wasn't forced to sign the contract. Everyone knows when you sign your deal you're not going to stay the top paid for long. Each year guys get more money then better players at their respective position.


    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5195587


    HOUSTON -- Andre Johnson has five years remaining on a $60 million contract he signed with the Texans in 2007. The star receiver feels that he's already outplayed that contract, however, and was missing from the start of Houston's voluntary organized team activities on Monday.

    Johnson, who led the NFL in receiving yards last season (1,569 yards), is scheduled to make $5.8 million this season.

    Texans general manager Rick Smith said Monday that Johnson was missing because he was unhappy with his current contract.

    Since Johnson signed his contract, the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald received a four-year, $40 million deal and new Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall agreed to a four-year, $47 million contract after he was traded from the Denver Broncos.

    Smith said that he was "not real worried" about the four-time Pro Bowler's absence.

    "He's got five years left on [the deal he signed in 2007]. We're willing to sit down and talk with him and he knows that," Smith said.

    Still, Smith said that re-doing a contract with five years remaining will be challenging.

    "It's very difficult," Smith said. "It's something that's not customary, but we've got a relationship with him and he knows we are willing to sit down and talk with him."

    The team's policy under Smith has been to only negotiate with players who are participating in team activities. Smith pointed to what star middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans did last offseason when he was unhappy with his contract.

    "One of the things that was real smart on his part was the fact that he was upset that we had not been able to come to terms with an agreement, but he came back and was a part of the offseason workout and he was with his teammates, he was a leader and he did things the right way," Smith said. "He played his contract out and he was rewarded."

    Johnson's absence is another distraction for a team that has been dealing with Brian Cushing's upcoming four-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The 2010 season could be a pivotal one for the team, which is coming off its first winning record but has never reached the playoffs.

    "You'd like to have all your people out here working, especially when we're trying to go do something we never have done," Smith said. "So the ideal situation is to have everybody working together, but as we talked about last week, you've got to be able to deal with distractions."

    Smith said he has spoken to the receiver but wouldn't divulge details about their conversations.

    "Obviously we want Andre here," coach Gary Kubiak said. "I know he and Rick are talking, so we'll get it worked out. We're not worried about Andre. He'll do his job."

    Johnson has 587 receptions for 7,948 yards and 42 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons -- all with Houston.
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    He'll be there for the regular season. He's NOT giving up any game check money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el_dub80 View Post
    He'll be there for the regular season. He's NOT giving up any game check money.
    Of course not. But I hope they don't give in. Not with 5 years remaining. This could happen every year with players all over. Once you sign your deal the following year its outdated.

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    ridiculous

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    wow i thought andre was better than that, guess he is just like every other star wr

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    Quote Originally Posted by LockeJET View Post
    Of course not. But I hope they don't give in. Not with 5 years remaining. This could happen every year with players all over. Once you sign your deal the following year its outdated.
    In a league where you can very easily be cut with five years remaining on your deal, you can almost understand the thought. But this is clearly taking it too far. Definitely hope the team does not give in, as this would set an awful precedent. By this sort of logic, a team should be able to renegotiate a player's contract if he under-performs, and obviously no player would agree to a pay cut with five years remaining because they had a poor season. Johnson can't even say he outperformed his contract...he outperformed the first three years, and that's not even half of the deal.

    It's in the Texans' hands here - Johnson has no leverage with this nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenWave View Post
    In a league where you can very easily be cut with five years remaining on your deal, you can almost understand the thought. But this is clearly taking it too far. Definitely hope the team does not give in, as this would set an awful precedent. By this sort of logic, a team should be able to renegotiate a player's contract if he under-performs, and obviously no player would agree to a pay cut with five years remaining because they had a poor season. Johnson can't even say he outperformed his contract...he outperformed the first three years, and that's not even half of the deal.

    It's in the Texans' hands here - Johnson has no leverage with this nonsense.
    I hear ya and agree they need to get all they can get. Especially in the NFL where each play could be your last. But he signed at the time what he felt was a great deal. 5 years remaining he can't be complaining. 2-3 maybe. Either way the best player at his respective position could get a 50 million dollar deal. The following year a lesser player at the same postion gets 70. It's the way it is. And the 50 mil guy should not be *****ing.
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    It's crap like this that is going to ruin this sport as we know it. The NFL needs to restructure there entire pay system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayrad01 View Post
    It's crap like this that is going to ruin this sport as we know it. The NFL needs to restructure there entire pay system.
    +1

    They definatly need a Rookie Cap/Slot like the NBA where the 1st overall gets the same every year, 2nd the same and so on.

    The diffrence between the NBA and NFL is a team can cut you whenever they want, however long your into the contract. So if the team doesnt honor contracts they sign, then why should the player? Its a joke.

    In the end its a mess, I dont know what they should do, but they definatly need to do something about player salaries and contracts.

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    This is getting crazy. He has FIVE years left on the contract. If he wants to readjust his annual salary to be on par with what other top receivers are getting, then he should just play year to year or let the team franchise him. Just pray you don't get hurt Andre or that your QB doesn't get hurt. I thought the point of getting a long-term deal was for the security and the up-front bonuses. At this rate, everyone's gonna want a new deal every off-season.

    Come on. It's not like the guy's hurting for money. If players (and their agents) keep this up, I hope the owners lock them out. Players can b*tch and moan about wanting their fair share but look at what the owners like Woody have to go through to keep generating new revenue. I don't see players ponying up money for a new stadium.

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    Absolutely ridiculous. Teams give out contracts with the gamble that the player gets injured, or never plays up to the level they expected, and they end up eating a lot of guaranteed money when they cut the player.

    If Andre Johnson agrees to a contract renegotiation after he breaks his leg 4 games into the 2010 season, to get a lower salary, then he can get a new contract after he has a great season. Until he agrees to that though, he's stuck with what he currently has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenWave View Post
    In a league where you can very easily be cut with five years remaining on your deal, you can almost understand the thought. But this is clearly taking it too far. Definitely hope the team does not give in, as this would set an awful precedent. By this sort of logic, a team should be able to renegotiate a player's contract if he under-performs, and obviously no player would agree to a pay cut with five years remaining because they had a poor season. Johnson can't even say he outperformed his contract...he outperformed the first three years, and that's not even half of the deal.

    It's in the Texans' hands here - Johnson has no leverage with this nonsense.
    As you've pointed out comprehensively, Johnson's demand is patently ridiculous on several fronts. There's no way he can justify this nonsense. Fine player but this is just being too greedy and stupid

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    Five years remaining on a $60 million contract!?

    How will he feed his family!?

    From his rookie contract PLUS the contract he signed in 2007 he should be set for life, as so should his kids be set for life.

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    I could understand if the guy was making league minimum but $5.8M aint no chump change!

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    If "ridiculous" is what we're saying on a Jet board, I can only imagine how Texan fans are feeling about this. Seems like a pretty good way for Johnson to alienate the fans. Boycotting OTAs is a dumb PR move, and not likely to get him what he wants anyway.

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    He definitely shouldn't boycott the OTA's. Go to work and do your thing; you can argue about the money on the backend. I don't think anyone can argue the point of him asking for more money. If he has outplayed the contract then fine ask for a raise; if he was underperforming the organization would have no quorums asking him to restructure or possibly even releasing him. So the system has to work both ways.

    But GO TO WORK MAN!!

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    I rather have Andre Johnson for 6 million a year than Revis for 20 Million a year.

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