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Longtime Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has been given permission to seek a trade after finding out that his role on the team was going to change. Per ESPN:

After 12 seasons with Houston -- all of them as a starter and many as one of the best receivers in the NFL -- Johnson's role on the team was set to change. Rather than accept that, Johnson requested to be traded or released.

"It's business," Johnson told the Houston Chronicle. "I understand that side of it. I'm not angry about it. I knew at some point in time, this day would come. If we were living in a perfect world, you know I'd want to finish my career here, but, unfortunately, that's not what's going to happen. You just have to move forward...

"I don't know how you tell a guy who catches 85 balls that he'll only probably catch 40. I feel like the role they were trying to put me in I'd be held back from maximizing my talents. I feel like that was the best thing for both sides. Why sit there and be miserable when I can go somewhere else and be able to show my talents."
Johnson thanked Texans fans for his time in Houston through this Instagram video on Monday:

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DByrd2111 months
As a Texans fan, I hate to see this, but I also understand it. Johnson has been nothing but class since he was drafted to the Texans. Top 5 in the NFL for most of his career. Gonna miss that guy in the Battle Red.
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