Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson wants a new contract.
The Pro Bowl wideout skipped the team’s first voluntary practice Monday and no one is sure when he’ll join the team.
Johnson has five years remaining on an eight-year contract worth $60 million that included $15 million in guarantees. The Texans restructured his first contract with two years remaining.
General manager Rick Smith said the situation is “very difficult” because Johnson has so much time to go on his current deal.
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Johnson, who is entering his eighth season, has had more than 1,500 yards receiving in each of the past two years for the Texans.
Elvis Dumervil put his coveted signature down on a piece of paper. Not a contract extension that will pay him like a Powerball winner. Not his tender worth $3.168 million.
Instead, he signed a waiver allowing him to participate in the Denver Broncos’ passing camp this week.
“I didn’t have to, but at the end of the day I’m going to be a Bronco in 2010 and I wanted to come out and support the organization and teammates and get acclimated with the new guys,” Dumervil said after the two-hour workout Monday.
The Broncos’ star pass rusher led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw passes while participating in drills on a limited basis Monday. Sanchez is recovering from surgery in February to stabilize the patella ligament in his left knee. He will be evaluated daily. … The Ravens bolstered their defensive backfield by signing veteran cornerback Travis Fisher and rookie safety Brad Jones. … Kicker Phil Dawson skipped the Browns’ first voluntary offseason workout in a possible contract protest.