Houston (CBS Houston) – The longest tenured member of the Houston Texans hopes to stay that way for three more years.
Andre Johnson said when he first started in the NFL he only wanted to play 10 years. Now in his 12th NFL season, Johnson has his ideal number of season in the league.
“Fifteen,” Johnson said when asked if he had a new goal for year in the NFL.
He doesn’t want to play those finale three season anywhere but with the Texans either.
“I don’t even think it would feel right,” Johnson said about possibly moving on from the Texans.
He is under contract for two more years with the Texans. His scheduled cap hits for the next two years are over $16 million and just under $15 million. The dead money if he was cut would be just over $7 million and then in his final year $2.65 million.
“I’ve seen everybody come in this locker room and [leave this locker room]-trainers, people upstairs, coaches, I’ve seen it all,” he said.
Johnson was the Texans first selection in the 2003 draft. In his career he has caught 992 passess for 13,381 yards and 63 touchdowns.
Would he even consider playing longer that his currently set 15 years?
He said he couldn’t imagine trying to match legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice’s 20 years playing football but didn’t rule it out.
“I wouldn’t say never,” Johnson said, “but right now I just couldn’t imagine that.”
He also never expected to be considered among one of the best pass catchers, not just in Texans history, but all-time.
“I would have never thought I would be mentioned up in those categories,” Johnson said about being so close to the top of list in receptions and yards as a wide receiver. Johnson is just 8 catches away from 1,000 and if he accomplished it this weekend he would be the fastest ever to that mark.
Just three more years left in his potential Hall of Fame career. Hopefully all with the team he currently calls home.
“I couldn’t imagine how it’d feel to put on another uniform,” Johnson said.
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