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Debbie Downer says, “Andre Johnson to the Chiefs is A Pipe Dream!”


I have returned, Chiefs fans, and I have a message: Stop thinking about a trade for disgruntled Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson. It isn’t going to happen. There are too many factors that prevent this and all of these factors involve money.

The Kansas City Chiefs freed up seven million dollars in cap space when they released cornerback Brandon Flowers. John Dorsey did not make this move so the Chiefs could have another monster cap hit from a player. Remember, Dwayne Bowe, Eric Berry, and Tamba Hali account for approximately $36 million against the cap. Andre Johnson would be a whopping $10 million against the cap. The Chiefs do not have that kind of cap space available for 2014 to trade for Johnson and sign Justin Houston. This is just looking at the numbers.

The main reason(s) the Chiefs can’t trade for Andre Johnson is because of who they need to re-sign and extend. Both outside linebacker Justin Houston and quarterback Alex Smith want (and need) contract extensions. Smith is the best quarterback the Chiefs have had since Trent Green and Justin Houston is arguably one of the best outside linebackers in the NFL. Houston will most likely command a Tamba Hali-like contract and I had heard Alex Smith wants a contract similar to Tony Romo’s. In a quarterback driven league Smith will most likely get what he wants, and if the Chiefs do not pay Houston, Kansas City would regret it for a long, long time.

The bottom line is that the Chiefs just cannot afford Andre Johnson. It is more important that the Chiefs are able to extend Justin Houston and Alex Smith.

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  • Jason Mauzey

    Agreed. However, if we could and the OL stood up this year we could give Denver a run for the AFC.

  • kc4life25

    Hey, it could happen.

  • Alex Rodman

    This could be the final piece to a Super Bowl team.

    • trinity

      It’s all about the quarterback at this point to Andre. That’s what started all the public unhappiness, the Texans quarterback situation. He would not want to play with Alex Smith.

      • Alex Rodman

        Our qb situation is better than the Texans situation.

        • trinity

          But because of what Andre Johnson wants, it forces you to break everything down to an ultra simple category. Can they win now, or not? Since all he wants is a ring, that’s the only thing you have to consider. So even though I agree with you 100% that the chiefs have a better quarterback situation than the Texans, I also have to acknowledge that the chiefs
          Can do the same thing for him that the Texans can. Which is nothing. And that’s because of your starting QB.

  • Alex Rodman

    We have ford and Murray too

  • trinity

    There’s no way in the world he would want to go to KC. the entire reason he wants out of Houston is because they aren’t winning a championship anytime soon. What started him publicly stating he isn’t happy? Their quarterback situation after the draft. there is no way he would want to go team with Alex Smith at the helm. He’s average, and Andre would be stuck in neutral like he is now. if he goes anywhere, I’m banking on New England. they have an elite quarterback, and they need weapons.

    • Reggie Flenory

      ActuLly he would fit great in kc he would have a number 2 in dbowe on the other side along with jc at running back and dat at the slot the problem is we cant afford him plain and simple its stupid to even write this article like ahhhh duhhhhhh we knew thisalready

      • trinity

        I don’t think he would fit good at all, because all he wants is a ring, and the quarterback is clearly what’s important to him. What is Alex Smith going to do for him and his title aspirations? Nothing. So I bet he wouldn’t give it a thought. I agree with you that it’s moot because of the money situation though.

        • Reggie Flenory

          Were gonna see the full alex smith this season keep in mind that the second half of the yr he balled his ass off and would have lednus to a playoff win if the defense didnt blow a 28 point lead

          • trinity

            Year number 10 will be the charm huh? I’m not buying it. I think he is what he is, and it’s not enough where elite recievers are going to want to come play with him.

          • Reggie Flenory

            Hes better than you give him credit for and hes dam good he makes plays with his feet as well as his arm hes a better athlete than hes givin credit for and hes a good leader i love em and i hope he retires here

          • Travis Crouch

            I agree this will be his 2nd time in 10 years to have the same oc and the first time he was near perfect before he got hurt in a game against one of the best Def in the cards I think it was 17 for 18

        • ChiefTucson

          typical post :( let’s get more negative!

    • Travis Crouch

      Please out of the last three years who has the best winning record for a starting qb I’ll wait I’ll help you its alex smith and don’t say it’s the team he took two teams from an 4 win season to a 14 win season a with the 49ers and a 10 win in kc and it helps a qb to have the same oc for two years witch has only only happened one time not counting this year in kc but he had near perfect passing numbers

      • trinity

        The best you can say about Alex Smith is that he doesn’t turn the ball over. That’s it. He’s not going to lose games for you. But he’s not going to win games for you either. Winning and losing is on the defense and running game, because all the big plays will come from them. Basically Alex is a game manager. His job is not to fuck up and to stay out of the way while the run game takes care of things offensively. And hey, he does a nice job of it. But “nice” isn’t anywhere near great. Andre would not want to waste the time he has left playing with Alex Smith. No elite reciever would.

        • Travis Crouch

          When has he had a good wr to throw to he he did not even have what Kaepernick had this year but yet threw for the same yards and did you not watch the saints playoff game or the playoff game for kc when you score 50 points and lose how dwas that him scoring without anyone Charles was hurt be for the first quarter and when he had a good coach for once he had the most comeback wins that season and not turning the ball over is a big deal I guess you never played football let me explain it for your simple mind the qb don’t turn the ball over helps Def because it does not but them with there backs against the touchdown and don’t make them rush back out without rest that’s why one of the best Def follows Alex not Alex follows the Def becouse it’s most of the same players on the 4 win kc team

          • trinity

            Lol my simple mind? Learn to punctuate before you call someone stupid. Your messages are nearly incoherent, and it makes it impossible to take insults from you seriously. Second, feel however you want to feel :). It won’t change reality. Alex won’t have much to do with winning or losing consistently, and elite recievers are going to want better. That’s the truth whether you can grasp it or not.

          • Bdiddy

            Don’t try to post something subjective as “the truth”. It drastically reduces any credibility you may hold here, and that’s already shaky. I can punctuate, and I’ll tell you that any QB will be directly responsible for their team winning or losing. Your opinion doesn’t change THAT.

          • trinity

            The same thing I told the other guy goes for you too. Feel however you want to feel. It doesn’t change what actually happens on the field. Alex will have little to do with the outcome of the game, good or bad. JC is who will consistently decide what happens with this offense. Today is Friday. But there are some nutcases out there who would insist vehemently that it’s actually Tuesday. In other words, reality is reality whether people are capable of grasping it or not. Andre wouldn’t want to waste the time he has left stuck in wildcard status.

    • berttheclock

      Ah, I see you can never pass up a chance to knock Alex Smith. Do you have an Alex Smith App Alert attached to your computer?

      • micah stephenson

        I got the ASS11 app alert on my phone. Its code named Arrowhead Addict App

      • trinity

        Lol hardly. I’m on my phone, and very simply I have a fansided sports app. I always go to “all NFL” news, and it gives me the news for every single team including “arrowhead addict”. And if it’s interesting, I comment and the replies come to my phone as well. Simple as that. As for Alex, I give my opinion when the subject calls for it, and this one does. The QB is what’s important to Andre, and i don’t think he would want to play with Alex. He’s going to go to a team with a really good to great QB.

        • ChiefTucson

          Yes read the news they are the experts hahahaahahhaha

  • Reggie Flenory

    Most well informed fans know he wasnt commin here to begin with because of the salary cap so why would you even waste time writing this garbage

    • Patrick Allen

      I hardly think the article is garbage. Relax brother. There were Chiefs fans talking about it on Twitter.

  • Michael Shaw

    I can think of only one way this trade would work…………..trade Justin Houston and Chase Daniel to the Texans for Andre and a second rounder. That is the ONLY way this would work. And why not do it. They lost Cushing again for the season and can you imagine a defense with Clowney and Houston as the OLB’s and then Watt on the DL………..can you say holy crap look out QB’s in their division??? That gives us Hali and Ford on the outside and a double wide receiver threat with Johnson and Bowe and then the AFC west will respect us a bit more. However, I don’t really think the Chiefs brass has the brass balls to make this trade!!!

    • Deadmeat

      Houston is 25 and is in his prime.
      Johnson is 32 and his best years are behind him.
      Trade one of your best players for years to come, for someone that might be good for a couple years. How does that make sense?

  • unclejesse40

    It seems to me that the way the NFL is going now you have to be able to draft really well and then extend the right guys and let the BS walk in free agency. Cap Hell is a real place and signing a guy like Johnson while it would be fun for this year would be like selling our soul to the cap devil.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Just doesn’t make sense. Johnson could help this team, but we can’t take on that kind of contract. Not now.

  • berttheclock

    Your last sentence makes the most sense. Extend both Alex Smith and Houston.

    Defense wins championships, so, the idea of trading Houston for Johnson is akin to someone’s thoughts just after leaving the new legal pot shop in Vancouver, WA, with the entire store’s contents. I believe I can see him floating just above I-5 at the moment.

  • berttheclock

    All of the “Bombs Away” ideas of adding Johnson reminds me of those heady days of Air Coryell in San Diego. Lots of points, but, no major championships.

  • Michael Anthony Dine

    Thank you I was really hoping someone else realized this

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Andre Johnson is rocked up! I thought that was Joe Mays in the article photo.

  • Taz

    Yes, lets look for a QB that is unproven and save us like Brady- For Micah
    That is the only way-Maybe get a top 10 qb ON THE MARKET. Idiot still after 3 years. You type English good but must not understand it still.