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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Johnson fortunate Texans are flexible

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Andre Johnson is very fortunate he’s not playing for a hard-line organization.

He negotiated a bad deal, he’s outplayed it, he’s watched other receivers pass him by. If the Houston Texans wanted to, they could have told him tough luck. He’s a good guy who was unlikely to be disgruntled in any way that affected his play or production.

But owner Bob McNair acknowledged Johnson’s contract doesn’t match his production and doesn’t fit where it should in the league’s context.

The deal is expected to make Johnson the league’s highest paid receiver and the team and Johnson will talk about it at a news conference shortly.

Mark Berman reports the details:
League sources told FOX 26 Sports Johnson gets a two-year extension worth $23.5 million with $13 million guaranteed.

He already had five years left on his original deal worth $35 million which was enhanced.

Johnson will now be paid $39.2 million during that stretch.

The base value of his new seven-year contract is $62.7 million.