Nov 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) reacts during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Should The New England Patriots Try To Acquire WR Andre Johnson?


Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) runs after a catch against the Denver Broncos during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson told ESPN that he may not end up staying with the Texans in the future.

“When you’ve been somewhere for a long time, nobody’s been here as long as I have. I’ve been thinking about things this offseason. Kind of wonder if this is still the place for me.”

So this begs the question…should the Patriots try to trade for Johnson?

The immediate reaction from all Pats fans should an emphatic yes. Tom Brady hasn’t had a legitimate deep threat since the days of Randy Moss, and despite getting up there in age (32), Johnson can still produce. New England has a decent group of receivers, but there is no elite weapon, save for Rob Gronkowski, who isn’t even a wideout. Inserting Johnson into that lineup would instantly create opportunities for every other player, not to mention the kind of production you will get from Johnson himself.

Now the biggest question regarding a potential trade is what Houston will want in return. Obviously, Ryan Mallett will have to be involved. The Texans did draft Tom Savage in the NFL draft, but I don’t think they want to rely on a rookie for the entire 2014 season. But simply shipping Mallett down to Houston won’t warrant them receiving a player like Johnson. So how high of a draft pick would the Texans want? In my opinion, a second rounder would be fair to both sides. In his prime, I think Johnson would be worth giving up a top selection. But now that he is in his thirties, a second pick pick seems like the right price.

If you are in charge of the Patriots, would you go for this trade? I personally would. New England helped Brady’s defense tremendously over the course of this offseason, but they haven’t given him that dynamic playmaker that would put them over the top on offense. If Bill Belichick is able to pull this out, and you combine that defense of his with this new and improved offense, the rest of the NFL better watch out.

 

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  • Willy

    YES!

  • formerexpat

    this is silly. Where are you going to find $12 Million for cap space?

    • Bud

      They could do it if they wanted too enough-there are a lot of ways to do these contracts

    • Cyrus Geller

      Definitely ways they can get around it, as Bud said below.

  • Willy

    Oh & if they wait until June 1, they could include Amendola, as Houston would need a receiver in return. Why they didnt draft a WR is beyond me.

    • Dan Hynds

      Who would they have cut if they drafted a WR? Thompkins? Amendola? Dobson? Boyce?

      • Willy

        I’m referring to Houston not drafting a WR.

    • Cyrus Geller

      I like Amendola, and defend him a lot. But I would ship him to Houston for Johnson in a heartbeat.

      • Willy

        Agreed.

  • BostonBelch

    How in the world do you figure that Mallett AND a second rounder is needed?! Basically what your saying is that he’s worth a first, which is way out of left field considering the cap space that gets traded with him and the deal that Marshall got (two third rounders) a few years ago. Mallett and Johnson could almost be a clean trade, New England sweetens the deal with a fifth or sixth, but otherwise a second is ridiculous.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Definitely possible. We’ll see how this turns out.

  • Bud

    This would be just what Brady and the Pats need.Of course wether BB will do the ‘right’ thing and do what the Texans want,that is another thing…..We can only dream of what it would be like……..