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Travis Johnson Still Calls Houston Home; Will the Texans Look Around the Block for Another NT?

The Houston Texans 2005 first round pick that was traded to San Diego in August 2009 is now a free agent.  He was the first big draft bust for the Texans if you don’t include David Carr, and his career with the Texans is highlighted in the hit and taunt he put on Trent Green of the Dolphins.  When recently asked whether he will be ready for a lockout, Johnson said he wasn’t worried:

“Right now I’m not worried.  It’s the nature of the business. Fans need to know that it’s not that we don’t want to play. I guess the numbers aren’t right so the owners don’t want us to play. It’s a business. I’m not really worried at all.”

“I was fortunate that I took care of my money and the Lord blessed me to make a lot of money early,” said Johnson. “I’m prepared but I’m hoping we can get it taken care of so we can play ball.”

Johnson was originally drafted for the Texans’ first run at the 3-4; however, he did not fit in with the team’s 4-3 transition and the team traded him to the Chargers.  Notably, the Texans are in the midst of having one of the worst defensive lines in the league.  Former 2007 first round pick Amobi Okoye is not suited for a 3-4 nose tackle, and it appears to be Earl Mitchell and Shaun Cody manning the middle.

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