The Texans told Johnson that he'd have a reduced role this upcoming season opposite of DeAndre Hopkins. Therefore, Johnson wanted out of his deal. If a trade cannot be made with a suitor, Johnson will be released.
Johnson was the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft and is the greatest player in the history of the Texans. He's recorded 1,012 catches, 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns in his career.
A trade could be difficult, however, based on Johnson's upcoming $16.1 million cap figure and $10.5 million base salary for the 2015 season.Analysis:
Moore, who reportedly asked for his release last month, played one season in Pittsburgh, totaling 14 catches with 198 yards and two touchdowns.Analysis:
Maclin, who posted a career season in 2014 with 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns, has remained hopeful and confident throughout the offseason a deal will get done to keep him in Philadelphia.Analysis:
While he did not receive the designation, there are reports that Cobb and the Packers are working on a long-term deal to remain in Green Bay and he is looking to get $9 million per year.
Cobb posted a career season in 2014, catching 91 balls for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, all career highs.Analysis:
Hartline caught 39 passes for 474 yards with two touchdowns in 2014. He was due to make $5.95 million in 2015 under the terms of his previous contract, but he requested to be released in order to discover his market value before agreeing to a restructure of his contract. His agents say that he should have a few visits set up for later this week is expected to agree to a new deal as early as Thursday.Analysis:
The two sides were unable to come to terms on a long-term deal before Monday, which is the deadline for teams to use the franchise tag, but will presumably keep working towards a deal. The use of the tag on the wide receiver means that tight end Julius Thomas is headed for free agency if the Broncos do not re-sign him before March 10.Analysis:
It was reported over the weekend that the team planned to tag Bryant before Monday's deadline if a long-term deal could not be worked out. The two sides will likely continue to negotiate a deal to keep Bryant with the Cowboys past the 2015 season.
With Bryant receiving the tag, running back DeMarco Murray is on track to reach free agency.Analysis:
The 30-year-old Jones has returned five kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns in his career.Analysis:
Jackson had been considered a target for a lower salary, to help improve the Bucs' salary cap situation. He'd previously said that he wanted to stay with the team but didn't want a pay cut.
Jackson will be paid $9.777 million in 2015, with a cap hit of $12 million.Analysis:
The move will reportedly save the team $5.5 million in cap space. Johnson had 35 catches for 435 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last season.Analysis: