Originally Posted by Troy Chapman
That's what happens with you negotiate contracts without good representation. AJ did the first contract on his own. The second contract was done by his uncle. Then the team re-structured twice to give him more guaranteed money. If AJ wanted more money back in 08 then he should have brought in proper representation.
No doubt representing himself backfired in this case. You have to have proper knowledge to be able to get your worth. So unfortunately for him he did not. Perhaps a little patience could have helped as well. If he would have waited until 2009 then he definitely would have gotten more (even if he represented himself). I'm sure the Texans were thrilled to sign him at that rate, especially seeing the type of money less worthy receivers have been getting since.
BTW just FYI there was no second contract (technically ever). The "first" was an extension to his rookie contract. The "second" was a restructuring (adding a year and paying it as a bonus to be prorated). This is the reason his cap hit is 14+ mil over the next few year (because it was so low in all the previous ones). Which is the main reason I always bring this up when people talk about "Andre signed a contract he's screwing the team etc". The fact is he got screwed first (of course to some of own undoing). Perhaps it isn't about money. Perhaps he wants to win.
If we again put all things in perspective the argument "if he wanted to win he shouldn't have signed a contract" is baseless. Because as you can see in 2007 a 25 year old AJ signed a contract after our first NON LOSING season with a 2nd year head coach (before his monster years). Why not resign? What would have made him think that he couldn't turn things around for the franchise that drafted him? Now fast forward to 2014. He's 32. We just picked #1 overall (for the 3rd time in franchise history) after going winning back to back division titles and winning playoff games (which were the first time in his, at the time, 10 years here). Brand new coaching staff. No QB. Didn't draft one. Perhaps Andre, after many years of optimism, was beginning to question if we would ever win here.
People are bashing Johnson's pessimism. He was very optimistic through all the BS before. You think he's not seeing the writing on the wall.
P.S. Sorry for the long winded post. The entire thing wasn't directly solely at you. I got little off track...
Originally Posted by noxiousdog
He signed one extention in 2007 and another one in 2010. He was 29.
edit: And you're only going to be the highest paid when you sign. Contracts always go up. If you want to be the highest paid, then you need a short contract so you can renegotiate sooner.
Yes in 2007 it was a 6 year extension (which definitely wasn't smart). In 2010 it was a 1 year extension in the form of a restructure to clear up cap.