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Would new team help revive Johnson?

3/3/2015

Matthew Emmons/USA Today

Andre Johnson’s 6.0 receptions per game is the highest average in NFL history among qualified players.Andre Johnson has been granted permission to seek a trade from the Houston Texans, according to ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli and other media reports.

Stats & Info takes a look at what the 12-year veteran has done -- both long-term, when he was among the best receivers in the NFL, and more recently, when he has become less dangerous to opposing defenses.

Most seasons, at least 100 receptions
and 1,000 receiving yards

Since Johnson entered the NFL in 2003, no player has had more targets, catches and receiving yards than Johnson.

His 1,012 career receptions are the most in NFL history through a player's age-33 season, and his average of 6.0 receptions per game is the highest in NFL history (minimum 100 games played).

Performance comes at a price

Among wide receivers, only Calvin Johnson has a higher salary-cap charge for 2015 than Johnson.

Highest salary cap charge in 2015
Wide receivers

The relatively high salary is accompanied by declining production. Johnson averaged 62.4 receiving yards per game last season, his least since 2005 and 25 yards less than his 2013 average.

Despite an NFL-high 306 receptions the last three seasons, Johnson is tied for 53rd for most receiving touchdowns in that time (12).

If the Texans trade (or release) Johnson before June 1, they will take a $7.3 million cap hit of dead money for 2015. With Johnson’s scheduled cap hit to be $16.1 million, such a move would net the Texans a savings of $8.8 million.

The Texans have $13.4 million in cap space for 2015, which is eighth lowest in the league.

Lasting impact with Texans

Johnson has 13,597 career receiving yards, 8,980 more yards than the next closest player in Texans franchise history (Owen Daniels). The 13,497 yards rank 12th on the NFL’s all-time list and rank sixth for the most receiving yards with one team. Jerry Rice is the leader with 19,247 yards with the San Francisco 49ers.

Johnson is also the Texans’ franchise leader in receiving touchdowns with 64. Daniels is the next closest with 29.

He has amassed these statistics catching passes from a group of quarterbacks -- headed by Matt Schaub -- that is not particularly noteworthy. Johnson has caught 487 passes from Schaub, 278 from David Carr and lesser amounts from Sage Rosenfels, Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tony Banks, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates, Dave Ragone and Jake Delhomme.

An upgrade in the player passing him the ball should benefit Johnson.

If Johnson were to leave the Texans this offseason, there will have been only one receiver with more 1,000-yard receiving seasons with his original franchise than Johnson’s seven: Rice (12).

The good news for Johnson? Every receiver to post at least five 1,000-yard seasons before changing teams (Rice, Steve Smith, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Anquan Boldin and James Lofton) went on to have another 1,000-yard season with a subsequent team.