So what it is going to take for a team to take a chance on 35-year-old wide out Keyshawn Johnson? The former Panther today finds himself without a team, as Carolina announced yesterday that Johnson was shown the door, this on the recent decision of the team to go in a younger direction with their wide recievers. Johnson has a career in TV, but for now, some teams will think that he has 1-2 years left catching the football. Below are a few teams that will surely give Keyshawn a look.
Philadelphia – The Eagles are always one of those teams that seems to be in need of a quality wide out. Not that Johnson would be able to do what Terrell Owens did three seasons ago in Philly, but he would be able to add something to their wide out core. Reggie Brown and Greg Lewis were the two starters at wide out last year, so you know that Johnson could help this core in a pinch.
San Diego – The reciever core in SD is pretty weak, as tight end Antonio Gates led the team last year with 71 catches. Eric Parker was the leading reciever in terms of catches with just 48, and now with Keenan McCardell out of the picture, this team could use a vet that could possibly make a play here or there to help out.
New York Giants – I wonder if Keyshawn would want to go back to the spotlight of New York? This might be the place for him, as he could play second fiddle to Plax Burress and not have too much focus on his game. With Eli Manning and a team that needs a running game though, things this season might be a little heated in the Big Apple.
Tennessee – The Titans lost Drew Bennett, and wanted to take a wide out early in the draft, but that never happened. They did end up with three wide outs on draft day, but their need in the position is critical. Their other top wide out, Bobby Wade, signed with the Rams, leaving just Brandon Jones as a holdover from last season. Johnson would fit well here with Vince Young.
Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh already has Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Cedric Wilson and Nate Washington, but this group didn’t do Ben Roethlisberger many favors last season. The took Dallas Baker from Florida late in the draft, but could use another vet here to help out. Don’t forget new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians wants to run more four wide out sets in 2007.