Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson (80) runs after a reception against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New England Patriots To Pursue Andre Johnson?

According to Ian Rapoport of, wide receiver Andre Johnson is not happy with the Houston Texans, and is now looking to jump ship.

Will the New England Patriots attempt to trade for Johnson? Marc Sessler thinks so:

Cap space is limited, but New England makes plenty of sense. With Tom Brady in the final stages of his career, wrangling a true No. 1 pass-catcher would fill a genuine roster need and give Johnson a chance at the Super Bowl. We doubt Houston would have interest in shopping the wideout to an AFC power, but coach Bill O’Brien‘s friendship with Bill Belichick might help.

As Sessler mentions, the Pats don’t have a ton of money, but if they could make this work, I think it makes perfect sense for both sides. Tom Brady has a good amount of talent to throw to in 2014, but if Johnson were added to the mix, forget about it. He is a proven outside threat in this league, and his presence on this team would open up another dimension for this offense.

With Johnson on the outside, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola on the inside, and Rob Gronkowski wreaking havoc everywhere, Brady’s bunch would be one of, if not the most dangerous group in the NFL.

Andre Johnson is getting up there in age, but his production does not seem to be slowing down. In five of the last six seasons, he has amassed at least 1,200 yards receiving. And the only reason he didn’t gain this much in 2011, was because of an injury that held him out of nine games.

I don’t know if the Patriots are going to look into this, but I really think they should. They need an outside threat to take the top off of the defense, as that is the one missing link in this offensive attack. There would be too many weapons for opposing defenses to deal with if Johnson were brought in, which would increase the chances of Tom Brady acquiring that elusive fourth ring.

We will keep you posted on this situation as it develops.

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  • Jacob Barefoot

    Bring in keller on a low risk deal and if healthy, paired with gronk in the 2 TE set with newly added johnson in the X, edelman at Z and amendola in the slot. Wow. Please pull some strings NE and make this happen!!!!!

    • Amar S.

      In my opinion, two TE formations definitely is a great way to carry out offenses, but to revolve the entire offense around two TE sets isn’t such a good idea.

      Think 2011. We were STACKED at TE position, but, it took away the depth from the defensive side of the ball. Therefore, we lacked CB depth and Edelman was placed at WR. We ranked 31. Another example would be the Cowboys last season trying to immitate ours. In preseason into regular season, I remember the Cowboys had about 5 TEs on their roster. I don’t need to explain how bad their defense was last year, but as I recall, they lacked serious depth at the defensive line and linebacker.

      Occassionally, running two TE sets are good, but prodominetly the offense should mix it. Hopefully we start running 2 RBs (Vereen is a mismatch for LBs to cover and we have White now, another good route runner) We don’t need a #1 offense, we need a #1 defense!

      • Amar S.

        And one more thing, the Z is the slot.. Saying Edelman playing the Z and Amendola in the slot is basically saying the same thing haha.

      • Cyrus Geller

        I think this will be a well balanced Patriots team. The defense may actually end up being stronger than the offense. But adding Johnson would be huge. Brady hasn’t had a big receiver like him since Randy Moss.

        • Amar S.

          Imagine the practices? Andre Johnson vs Darrelle Revis with Tom Brady throwing the football? That would be intense to watch.

      • Jacob Barefoot

        No its not. They’re two different positions. The X and the Z are your two outside threats. X being the split end and Z being the flanker. They align on opposite sides of the field. The slot is the receiver aligned closest to the formation and usually runs cross routes over the middle. I’m only just getting back to this now because i missed it in my notifications haha.

        • Amar S.

          The flanker is the slot / Z.. lol

          • Jacob Barefoot

            Haha ok dude. Flanker = Z. Slot = Y. You’re right, both are similar but still different. They even often line up next to each other which leads people to believe they’re the same thing. The slot however does not line up outside and has to go up against LB’s and safties. This is why some ‘move’ tight ends can play the Y too. The Z still has to line up against solid corners though, despite the fact that both receivers may be running shallow to intermediate routes often across the middle. The Z is able to still line up outside though and take on corners for deeper routes, where you probably wouln’t ask your slot (Y) to do so. You can look it up if you like.

          • Amar S.

            I already did look it up to make sure I was right. Slot = Flanker = Z which is the inside receiver.. Y can be a TE. Move TEs are called the H.

            Also there are two types of Slots. The Wes Welker type and the Vincent Jackson / Victor Cruz type which you can line up outside pending on the scheme. You can listen to Belichick’s press conferences prepping for Tampa Bay last season to confirm that.

    • Cyrus Geller

      It would be big.

  • Mattia Rizzo

    They can rework the contracts of Connolly and Mankins, but for me the point here is not the money. How many WRs are they gonna keep on the roster?? As for now they have Edelman, Amendola, LaFell, Dobson, Thompkins, Boyce, Slater (ST captain) and 7thround pick Gallon (plus 3 more no-names), what would be the situation after a trade for Johnson? The first four guys will make the team, we have a battle between Thompkins and Boyce, Johnson coming and Slater has to be back with the team, so it’s 7 guys on a 53 men roster. Who to cut then? Edelman is the safe valve, Amendola has a tricky contract, LaFell can play TE in a pinch, Dobson is the most talented young WR, Boyce is fast and can play ST, Slater is a leader… Not really a good situation, cut Dobson and they could be missing the next great WR in the league, cut Boyce and they can’t replace Edelman and/or Amendola, both injury prone, and so on. Even finding the way to solve this puzzle, are they going to give up a first round pick for him? Or make a combo package with Mallett and a fourth rounder nullifying all the talks about playing it safe at the QB position?

    • Cyrus Geller

      I’m thinking they keep seven wideouts. As of right now, it looks like this: Edelman, Amendola, Dobson, KT, Boyce, Dobson, and Slater. If they brought Johnson in, I would have no problem with the Pats cutting KT, or even Boyce. Johnson is just that good.