Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) smiles after the game against the Denver Broncos at Reliant Stadium. The Broncos won 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Should the New York Jets Pursue Andre Johnson?

Andre Johnson is all but out in Houston. According to reports yesterday, he will not be back with the Texans if possible, and has asked for a trade. Now to ask the age-old question. OK, maybe not the age-old question, but the one we ask when a player becomes available.

Should the Jets pursue Andre Johnson?

There is no denying that he is a great player. Here are his career stats:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2003 22 HOU WR 80 16 16 66 976 14.8 4 46 4.1 61.0 5 -10 0 11 -2.0 -0.6 0.3 966 4 0 9
2004* 23 HOU WR 80 16 16 79 1142 14.5 6 54 4.9 71.4 4 12 0 14 3.0 0.8 0.3 1154 6 1 10
2005 24 HOU WR 80 13 13 63 688 10.9 2 53 4.8 52.9 6 10 0 5 1.7 0.8 0.5 698 2 1 7
2006* 25 HOU WR 80 16 16 103 1147 11.1 5 53 6.4 71.7 3 14 0 18 4.7 0.9 0.2 1161 5 1 11
2007 26 HOU WR 80 9 9 60 851 14.2 8 77 6.7 94.6 851 8 1 8
2008*+ 27 HOU WR 80 16 16 115 1575 13.7 8 65 7.2 98.4 1575 8 1 14
2009*+ 28 HOU WR 80 16 16 101 1569 15.5 9 72 6.3 98.1 2 10 0 7 5.0 0.6 0.1 1579 9 1 14
2010* 29 HOU WR 80 13 13 86 1216 14.1 8 60 6.6 93.5 2 10 0 7 5.0 0.8 0.2 1226 8 1 13
2011 30 HOU wr 80 7 7 33 492 14.9 2 50 4.7 70.3 1 8 0 8 8.0 1.1 0.1 500 2 0 5
2012* 31 HOU WR 80 16 16 112 1598 14.3 4 60 7.0 99.9 1598 4 0 14
2013* 32 HOU WR 80 16 16 109 1407 12.9 5 62 6.8 87.9 1407 5 0 8
Career 154 154 927 12661 13.7 61 77 6.0 82.2 23 0 18 2.3 0.4 0.1 12715 61 7 113

The numbers don’t lie, as they say. A healthy Andre Johnson, for the most part, means a dominant Andre Johnson. He is as productive as any player in the league. The Jets would certainly prosper with him on the team.

Andre Johnson would walk in here and start, opposite Eric Decker. The Jets’ offense would, without any shadow of a doubt, be vastly improved. Imagine Geno having Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, Eric Decker, and Andre Johnson on his side. It could be quite fun to watch.

However, time is not on the side of Andre Johnson. He is on the south side of 30, 32 to be exact. Does bringing in a 32-year-old wide receiver equate to the system of “sustainable success”? I am not sure. With all of the mileage that Andre Johnson has on him, it’s hard to predict accurately. He could have a couple of good years and start to fall off. Andre could fall off after one year, or have a long run and be successful into his older age. You just don’t know. You never do with a player over 30, even one the quality of Andre Johnson.

The Jets certainly have the ability to acquire Andre Johnson. Thanks to all of the work done by John Idzik, the Jets have enough cap room to meet Andre’s demands. It certainly is not about that. Well it partially is, because John Idzik will not budge and overpay for the guy.

I believe that the Jets should at least inquire. For the right price, a veteran influence could help. But absolutely do not overpay. We have been stuck in that rut for far too long. If Andre Johnson can be had at the right price, go get him John. If not, please don’t.

What do you guys think?

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