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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Does Austin get Andre Johnson's old deal?

By Calvin Watkins

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is considered one of the top wide receivers in the game. He signed a eight-year $60 million contract extension in 2007.

But Johnson wants a new deal and his agent, Kennard McGuire is currently in talks with the Texans.

Why are we talking about this?

Well, I'm sure David Dunn, Austin's agent, is looking to see what type of deal Johnson gets. Does Johnson get the highest paid deal in the NFL for a wide receiver? Currently, Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall are at the top of the list averaging $10 million a season. (Roy E. Williams is at $9 million).

Does Austin get about $10 million a year on average after reaching the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career last year? Or should Austin get the Johnson contract that he's trying to get rid of?

When Johnson signed his deal, he received $15 million in guaranteed money and based on what's left of the contract, was expected to receive base salaries of $5.8 million (2010), $6.8 million (2011), $7.3 million (2012), $7 million (2013) and $7.3 million in (2014).

Those sound like good numbers for Austin. But if he has another strong season, which the Cowboys expect him to do, his price tag goes up.