Johnson: ‘(Schaub) feels like he’s going to be here’

Johnson: ‘(Schaub) feels like he’s going to be here’
March 9, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Andre Johnson said he’ll work out with his longtime quarterback Matt Schaub this offseason as long as the two are still teammates.

But those days might be numbered.

Many think the Texans will cut Schaub, who was benched in favor of Case Keenum last season, to make some salary cap room. But Schaub hasn’t been cut yet. And, according to Johnson, Schaub isn’t so sure he will be.

“I talked to him, I think it was two weeks ago. I get the feeling that he feels like he’s going to be here,” Johnson said Sunday at a VIP party for the Andre Johnson Foundation’s inaugural celebrity golf classic, which benefits the Houston Area Women’s Center. "He was texting the guys and telling us about his golf tournament and stuff like that."

Schaub and Johnson have been teammates since 2007, when Schaub joined the Texans. The two worked out together last offseason. Johnson said he also worked out with Case Keenum and T.J. Yates, who both still remain on the roster.

“As long as Matt is my teammate, me and Matt are going to be working together,” Johnson said. “Hopefully he’s still here. That’s out of my control but we’ll see what happens.”

Schaub had a disastrous 2013 season. He threw pick-6s in four consecutive games and became the poster-child for the Texans’ 2-14 season. He became the target of angry Texans fans and lost his starting job. But Johnson said Schaub is in good spirits this offseason and said he thinks it was good for Schaub to get away from football for a little bit.

Schaub is set to have a $14.5 million cap number in 2014, which would be a lot of money if he’s not the team’s starting quarterback. Many expect the Texans to either draft a quarterback to be the starter or pick up a veteran who can start. If they did either, that would very likely leave Schaub out.

But Johnson isn’t worried about Schaub’s future; he thinks the veteran quarterback will be fine.

“No matter what I think, he’s going to get a chance to right it. I think he’ll get a chance to go out and show people he can go out and play at a high level like he has before, if it’s here or somewhere else,” Johnson said. “I’ve always said if Matt’s not here, he’s going to be a starter somewhere else so I think no matter what happens, he’s going to have a chance to show people he can be a top quarterback in this league.”