According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots might be thinking about where former Texans receiver Andre Johnson might land on that spectrum. In a conversation with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show, Schefter said he thought that New England would be one of the team's interested in Johnson's services now that the receiver has been granted his release from Houston.
Johnson is 33 years old, but the seven time pro bowler still apparently has plenty left in the tank. Playing with a ragtag group of quarterbacks, he still caught over 100 balls in 2013 and 85 last year.
His size alone would give the Patriots something they haven't had in awhile, a big target on the sidelines. Brandon LaFell may only be an inch shorter, but his skill set is different than Johnson's as he's used mostly in intermediate routes. And, obviously, he is not quite the game changing player that Johnson has been.
For what it's worth, Johnson's brother tweet out teams that he thinks he should sign with. The Pats were on the list.
Andre Johnson's brother tweeted 4 teams Andre is interested in _ Seahawks, Colys, Pats and Packers.
— Terry Blount (@TerryBlountESPN) March 10, 2015
[later clarified it was the brother's wishlist]
Johnson has made it clear that money isn't the motivating factor for him. With the Pats up against the cap and a deal for Darrelle Revis pending, we'll see if Johnson really means that.