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Should the Patriots Trade for Andre Johnson?

Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson is one of the most consistent and (potentially) sought-after Wide Receivers in the NFL today. A 1st round draft pick in 2003, Johnson has put up strong numbers during his 12-year career and currently has 12,661 yards and 61 Touchdowns as well. At 6’3″ and 230 lbs, he is a offensive weapon, similar to that of Randy Moss when he was with the Patriots, and would provide a good amount of veteran experience on the field that would hugely improve the Patriots offense.

But the question remains, who would the Patriots be willing to give up for him? One sensible answer is Ryan Mallett, who seems like the most likely person to be traded. At 32 years old, it might be good for Belichick and company to pull the trigger on this deal and get a 2-3 year deal for Johnson, with some sort of bonuses involved for how many games Johnson can play and remain healthy.

Despite his impressive numbers, Johnson has a history of injuries that kept him out of play during the 2005, 2007 and 2011 seasons and affected his career statistics, only getting 688, 851 and 452 yards per season those years respectively. The numbers are a far cry from other years where he managed 1,400+ yards.

Johnson is a tall, strong offensive weapon who would be a great asset to the Patriots team and their hopes of winning another Super Bowl. If New England wants any chance to get  past a team like Denver on their way to another championship, I strongly believe that Andre Johnson would be a huge addition to the team and would give Tom Brady another target to throw to. It might take some doing, but if they are willing to part ways with someone like Mallett or a draft pick then this would give a lot of relief to Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell.

Here’s to hoping!

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