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News Blitz 7/11: The latest on the Andre Johnson rumors
The biggest issue that everyone's pointing out is money. From Houston's perspective, trading Johnson doesn't make much sense. If the Texans were to ship Johnson to New England, they would have to endure nearly $12-million in dead money on this year's salary cap. Not to mention, the Patriots don't have enough cap space to take on Johnson's contract at the moment. NESN's Anna Fogel highlights the salary cap issues and explains why the trade seems unlikely.
To me, it all comes down to whether Houston is willing to take on $12-million in dead money -- which I don't think they're willing to do. The only way they would part ways with that much money, would be if they're getting a lot in return. Based on the way Bill Belichick has operated in the past, I wouldn't expect him to "break the bank" so to speak and give up enough to make Houston pull the trigger on a Johnson trade.
"Anyone here willing to bet against Brady?" asks Reiss. "This reporter isn't. Those who watched all or some of the Patriots' 13 spring practices would be hard-pressed to say anything looked different with Brady, whose arm strength still looks to be top-notch."
Boston.com's Obnoxious Boston Fan took it one step further saying that Brady is all that stands between Boston sports dominence and a return to the bad days in Boston sports. He believes the pressure's all on #12 to lead the Patriots back to the promise land, but also admits that the team's improved defense will certainly make things easier.
"All signs point to Brady, who turns 37 in less than a month, having another brilliant season. The good news is he doesn't have to do it for 60 minutes a game over 16 weeks. This Patriots' team resembles more the team that won in 2003 and '04, rather than the team that won 18 games and nothing more in '07."
"While it has been a few years since we've seen him at his peak, Revis possesses the ability to wipe away an entire side of the field with his coverage skills," writes Underhill. "There are few defensive players who possess that kind of ability."