Former Panthers wide out Keyshawn Johnson may be one step closer to finding his new team. The Tennessee Titans and head coach Jeff Fisher are going to sit down with Johnson this weekend, and if all goes well, he could join the Titans wide out core. “There’s mutual interest I’d say right now,” Fisher said Thursday. “I think we’ll probably look into the possibility of pursuing things.” Fisher does actually know Johnson from back at USC, where Fisher played and Keyshawn was a ball boy.
Johnson has been looking for a new team since the Panthers said good-bye to him last month. His name popped up with numerous teams at first, including the Chargers, Packers, Giants, Eagles and Steelers, but it looks like with the weak WR core in Tennessee, the Titans and second-year QB Vince Young could be a nice fit for the 35-year-old former #1 pick overall. “I know Jeff, but I don’t know the organization and I don’t know the makeup of the team and the coaching staff. I know a little bit about [offensive coordinator] Norm Chow,” Johnson said. “I know Norm from college. At the same time, I want to make sure everything’s the right fit.”
By saying “the right fit,” Johnson wants to make sure that he is coming to a team that will actually use him, and not just give him the time of day, which you can’t blame him for. He was dispatched from the Panthers after just one season, this after it appeared that he would fit into the Panthers 2007 plan as the wide receiver that would be able to tutor the new regime of young Panthers wideouts. Then Johnson was let go, much to his surprise after a season in 2006 when he did catch 70 passes for 815 yards and four TD’s.
“I was in a situation last year I thought was the right situation, and wind up a year later going in another direction,” KJ said Thursday. “I want to make sure it’s something everybody is committed to for the next couple of years. They’re committed to me, and I’m committed to them, whoever it is I go play for.” While the 12-year vet has been known to be one of the more outspoken and selfish players in the league over the years, the fit in Tennessee may be perfect from the standpoint of the team getting a vet as well as getting a player that can still go out and make plays.