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

Andre Johnson to the Dolphins?


There was a hot rumour being circulated on ThePhinsider website which really doesn’t make that much sense to me.  Andre Johnson, the Houston Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver has demanded a trade out of Texas, but why is the report stating the Dolphins are an ideal trade partner?

The Dolphins already have over $20 million of salary cap dedicated to their starting three wide receivers Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson.  Add in the fact that the Miami Dolphins selected Jarvis Landry in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft and a trade for Johnson makes no sense.

We all know that Johnson played at the University of Miami but it still doesn’t make any sense.  Johnson will absorb roughly 15 million of our open cap space, and will cost the Dolphins either a selection of draft picks or core young players that the Dolphins are trying to develop in training camp.  One thing to also mention is that Andre Johnson is on the wrong side of 30, 33 actually, and would cut into playing and development of our younger players.

The only thing that the Dolphins have is the cap space to accommodate this trade, but it would be foolish to even consider making this trade a reality.  Mike Wallace is our clear cut number 1 alpha receiver, Hartline will hold onto his secondary role and a fight between Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry will settle the slot receiver role.   The Dolphins also have a healthy competition brewing for the 5th and 6th wide receiver spot (between Damien Williams, Armon Binns and 6th round pick Matt Hazel)

Here is hoping that this rumor stays a rumor or remains the opinion of the original author. The Dolphins would be wise to pass on Andre Johnson and develop their existing players.

Somewhere, Cortland Finnegan is breathing a sign of relief.

 

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  • t.c.green

    I agree. If the Phins feel the need to wheel and deal they should look at upgrading the O-line or secondary.The WR corps is fine. Or if they feel the need to get another weapon for T-hill, how about a true receiving tight end to compliment Clay, or an every down RB that can BLOCK in the passing game and maybe even catch out of the backfield.

    • dj

      Who are your target my friend – with respect to a trade?
      Finely is going through a second round of test today, but I would still like to see the status of Keller – as I believe he has a chip on his shoulder.

      • t.c.green

        My preference is not to trade at all. I don’t want to give up the picks much less the players it would take to bring in new talent. I was just saying if the front office had a bug up its butt about making a trade those would be my preferences.

        Finely and Keller are both interesting free agent options and I’d be all for signing both to one year show me deals and having a open competition in camp. The team has the cap space and signing free agents is certainly be a better option than sending away players or picks. Keller looked great last year until he got hurt.

  • trinity

    He wouldn’t want to play in Miami. he wants out of Houston because all he wants is a ring before he walks away. Miami will not be contending for a championship, so going there would be a waste of time

    • Ripp

      I agree with you, plus why would Miami trade valuable draft picks and and lose a roster spot to an aging WR who is on his downside unless they felt they were on the verge of a SB run? Don’t get me wrong, it would be nice to have him on the team. But if a trade was to happen it would be for all the wrong reasons.

  • Babaila

    4get about it.

  • Jacob

    Trade Wallace for Andre

    • dj

      What! Andre is 33 years old and is not the same player he was….Wallace is entering his prime, and will have a breakout season under Lazor – think DJax last year.

  • Chad

    Trade HARTLINE and a third round pick for Johnson all day. Hartline is a choke artist and the reason we weren’t in the playoffs. Imagine Johnson, Wallace, Clay, and Landry as the four receivers out there on the field at one time! I don’t understand the love affair with Hartline. He only gets numbers because there is literally nobody else after Wallace. This whole “we’re so deep at receiver” thing is ridiculous. We are 2 deep, and that’s not counting Hartline. Go watch the Bills and Jets games from last year at the end of the season and come tell me why Johnson wouldn’t be a SIGNIFICANT upgrade. Win now.

    • dj

      IF Johnson was 30 -yes…but we are talking about a player on his last leg…You wouldnt pay 15 million for a slot WR that is 33 years old. and you want to include a 3 rd round draft pick…

      This deal doesnt make any sense.

    • Matthew Marcella

      Trade Hartline??? Really the guy who led the dolphins in receiving yards last season and back to back 1000+ yard seasons he’s a choke????