Houston to re-enter second round by sending wide receiver Andre Johnson to San Francisco
By Randy Maxwell - print article
Published: April 1, 2007
Inside sources from within the Houston Texans organization say the team is finalizing a deal to send fifth year wide receiver Andre Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers. In exchange for Johnson, the Texans will receive a number of draft picks including San Francisco's second, one of their thirds and an undisclosed 2008 early round selection. The Texans will also receive fifth year wide receiver Arnaz Battle in the deal. Battle, a converted quarterback from Notre Dame, had 59 catches for 686 yards and 3 touchdowns last season.
The trade will put Houston back in the second-round pick with the 42nd overall selection. The team had lost their second-round pick as part of the deal that acquired quarterback Matt Schaub from Atlanta. The Texans, who can use as many picks as they can get their hands on, need to fill in holes on an offense ranked 28th and a defense ranked 24th in 2006.
San Francisco had some room to make a deal since they had an excess of draft picks. The NFL recently granted the 49ers two compensatory draft picks at the end of the third and fourth rounds of April's draft while the Texans received none. The Texans only have six picks in the NFL draft, so the addition of two of San Francisco's will go a long way to improving this squad.
Neither Johnson nor his agent could be reached for comment, but it will likely come as a shock to both, as Johnson figured to be a big part of Houston's future. Instead, he will now join an offense that has a young quarterback in Alex Smith and the 2006 NFC rushing leader, Frank Gore.
Johnson gives San Francisco a legitimate number one target, something that the 49ers have been looking for since the release of troubled wide receiver Antonio Bryant.
In an interview with head coach Gary Kubiak last week regarding the rumors of a Johnson trade, he was quick to deny it saying, "Andre is a big part of our offense and we hope to keep him here for a long time. I see no reason to trade one of our best offensive weapons."
Around the NFL
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