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Houston Texans looking to keep David Johnson on reduced salary

David Johnson, Texans

The Houston Texans have had one of the strangest offseasons in recent NFL history over the past few months as things draw closer to the free-agent period. JJ Watt was released and star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade, although he has yet to be moved.

The Texans released running back Duke Johnson and it’s reported that they want to bring back David Johnson, the starter, on a reduced salary heading into 2021. Johnson and the Texans have “mutual interest”, according to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle.

The Texans can’t afford to lose many more of their starters and it seems like a sure thing that Watson will be dealt, although the organization has doubled down repeatedly in saying Watson is their quarterback of the future.

Johnson still has some left in the tank, although he’s nowhere near the player he once was on the Arizona Cardinals. Johnson finished the 2020 year with just 691 yards rushing and 314 yards receiving for a combined eight scores, although he missed a quarter of the season.

The Texans made headlines last offseason by trading talented wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for Johnson and a draft pick, a move that still gets discussed to this very day as a mistake by the Texans’ old regime of Bill O’Brien.

Nonetheless, the fact there is interest between the two sides bodes well for Johnson, and if he’s let go then he will surely find a job somewhere else. The Texans’ offseason will only get weirder as the days go on, and their handling of Watson is questionable at best.

The Texans are certainly the team to keep an eye on, and not for good reasons, and hopefully Johnson is back with the team or else that trade will continue to look worse and worse.