Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson (80) is pursued by Oakland Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders Should Keep Watch on Andre Johnson

Part of becoming a winning team is knowing where and when to pounce on opportunities.  Andre Johnson represents a big one for the Oakland Raiders.

Houston Texans have shut door on Johnson for now

It’s really not a surprise regarding the situation with Johnson.  He wasn’t happy at all with how the Texans played in 2013, and his desire to get traded is brought about by inescapable facts.  He’s 33 years old and nearing the end of his prime.  It’s all about winning a championship for him now and after two-straight playoff appearances that sudden sense of panic that his window is closing is very prevalent.  Still, the Texans have no reason to deal the star receiver, and they made that perfectly clear when trade winds began to swirl. They have no plans or desire to trade him.

Rod Streater and James Jones not enough to go on attack

That might sound like an ending but in the NFL minds change in a hurry.  It’s important to remember that Houston doesn’t have to trade him right away.  They can hang onto Johnson until week eight of the regular season when the trade deadlines comes around.  At that point teams could be desperate for receiving help and pay extra to get a talent like Johnson.  For the Oakland Raiders on the other hand, it might represent an opportunity.  If the Texans continue to lose it could make Johnson even angrier and more of a problem in the locker room.  At that point they might be willing to unload him for a slight discount.

Such a scenario would be ideal for Oakland.  While they already have an intriguing tandem forming up in Rod Streater and James Jones, the fact remains they lack a true number one target for Matt Schaub.  Ironically enough, Schaub had some of his best seasons throwing to Johnson, so the connection would be instant.

What could a trio of Streater, Jones and Johnson do for the Raiders’ offense?  It doesn’t take a crazy imagination to predict a lot.  The door is shut for now, but the Silver and Black can’t give up pursuit yet.

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