Andre Johnson stands by criticism of Texans amid Watson saga


Houston Texans legend Andre Johnson is doubling down on his advice for quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Johnson, who previously expressed his support for the star QB's reported trade request, said during a recent podcast appearance that he has witnessed the Texans' dysfunction first-hand, and doesn't wish to see Watson follow a similar path.

"Just looking at the situation -- I've been around the organization for a long time, you know I worked there last season -- it's just certain things you see," Johnson told former Titans teammate Harry Douglas on The HD Connection podcast. "And being able to be on that side of it, it's just certain things you see that you know that's not right.

"For the caliber of player that Deshaun is, I wouldn't want Deshaun to go through that. I went through those things myself, with the organization, and I did it for 12 years."

Johnson, whom the Texans drafted with the third overall pick in 2003, spent a dozen years in Houston before finishing out with one-year stints in Indianapolis and Tennessee.

Last month, the franchise great pointedly critiqued the Texans as a team that routinely wastes the careers of star players. He also called out polarizing executive Jack Easterby, and advised Watson to stand his ground on the trade request.

On the podcast, the three-time first-team All-Pro and probable future Hall of Famer again sounded like he might have a regret or two despite his decorated career.

"Sometimes people ask me, 'what do you wish you could do different about your career?' And I always tell them, 'I wish a little bit more selfish instead of always being a team guy.' Because, things that you want the organization to do, they're not always going to do it, but I think sometimes the organization doesn't listen to what you have to say. And I think us as players, we're in the locker room every day, we know what goes on with this team.

"So, we're not telling you things to like, take over your organization or -- we're just trying to do things to help. And I think sometimes, the top people in the organization, they just don't listen to the players. And that's something I felt like I had to deal with a lot. And for him to be told that he's going to be involved in the coaching hiring and the GM hiring, and then not receive a call, that's BS to me. This is your franchise quarterback. How can you not involve him?"

Johnson hopes Watson remains with the Texans, but understands if they part ways.

"Do I really want Deshaun to leave Houston? No. Because I want to see the organization do well, at the end of the day. But I want him to do what's best for him."

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