Can Pats pry unhappy Johnson away from Texans?

Can Pats pry unhappy Johnson away from Texans?
July 10, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Maybe it's the fact that I've been closely following the Celtics offseason and have been desperately hoping they make a major move.

Or maybe it's the fact that, like Gary Tanguay, I'm just not sold on the Patriots offense.

Okay, it's definitely both.

But today we heard Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson wants out of Houston . . . and, well, this is a major move I could live with.

(And if you're not at least envisioning Johnson streaking down the Gillette Stadium sidelines in a Patriots jersey, get your head examined.)

I won't inundate you with the same crap you've heard since Randy Moss left town, but just for fun . . .

"They need a player who can stretch the field!!!"

Brandon Lloyd was thought to be that guy. Turns out he was allergic to getting hit.

Now the Patriots roll out a receiving corps I like to call the Mighty Mights. Lacking in size if not in heart, they might be good enough. Maybe.

Danny Amendola isn't stretching anything but a groin muscle. I'm willing to give him another chance because I do think he fits into what the Patriots and Tom Brady do well. I hope he just fits in for more than five games this season.

I love the way Julian Edelman plays, too, and so does Bill Belichick. But Edelman's a slot guy. He can only do so much and doesn't address that deep-ball need.

Brandon LaFell could be a solid addition, but let's not get carried away. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe said he may take on an Aaron Hernandez role. That sounds great, anyways. 

Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce . . . the list goes on about young receivers with promise. And I promise you they can't sniff what Johnson could bring.

Rob Gronkowski? Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Accept something in the middle.

Then you've got your run game with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen - strong when healthy and, ya know, holding onto the ball.

Look, the Patriots offense could be a lot worse. But it's far from great. And with a defense that looks to be the best its been in quite some time, it would be nice to have both sides of the ball on the same immaculate page. (Is that really asking that much?)

The Patriots don't have a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver and that's a shame, because Tom Brady deserves one. We've seen what he can do with one. And, thanks to Gisele, we know that he cannot (bleeping) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.

Johnson has played 13 or more games in 9 of his 11 seasons all with the Texans, and played all 16 games in 7 of those seasons. Five of those seasons he's amassed 100 receptions, and 7 of them 1,000 receiving yards.

Is Bill O'Brien willing to trade him? And if so, would he trade him to the Patriots? Do the Pats have what the Texans are looking for? They had been looking for a quarterback, though now they say they're going with Ryan Fitzpatrick. So, in other words, they still need a quarterback. But it'll be tough to sell them on Ryan Mallett when the guy has barely played . . . and barely played well.

Draft picks talk, though, and the Patriots could package pick(s) with a young player and make something happen.

The other hurdle is Johnson's contract: He's due to make $10 million this season. But where there's a will, there's a way in the NFL. You can't tell me that Johnson won't restructure his deal, especially since he wants out.

New England has made waves in the offseason plenty of times under Bill Belichick. Many have worked, while some haven't (looking at you, Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth).

Some, like Darrelle Revis, will certainly work. 

Johnson would most likely fall into that Revis category, but there's only one way to find out.

And on that note, it's back to dreaming up Kevin Love trade scenarios.