Johnson To Retire; Already Offered Job at ESPN

So much for the comeback.  ESPN is reporting today that veteran wide out Keyshawn Johnson, who just was taken out of the picture of possibly joining the Raiders, will announce his retirement later today.  Johnson, an 11-year vet, had a few teams in the mix early on after he was released by the Panthers just after draft day.  Those teams slowy went away one by one, and in the end, about the only team that showed any true interest was the Tennessee Titans.

Johnson and the Titans did meet, but according to sources, Johnson was not happy with what his role would have been on the team, as well as the fact that it did not look like he was going to get much of a salary, which he was upset about as more and more teams shyed away from him.  “He still played at a high-level last year. He takes very good care of himself,” Fisher said. “He hasn’t had any injuries per se. Anytime you get a chance to bring an experienced veteran in to add to your roster then it’s a good thing.”

Johnson always did have the option of going into broadcasting in front of him, and did serve on TV with ESPN in a big capacity on draft day.

It is expected that he is going to turn his attention to that, as ESPN is already offering him a position. “After Keyshawn’s announcement that he will retire, we will announce we are signing him to a contract,” ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer said. At the same time, if a team becomes desperate for a wide out somewhere down the road in 2007, KJ would listen to any offers that came in.

“Out of respect for the announcement I plan to make, I just want to wait until the press conference for everyone to find out,” Johnson said. “If there’s a lot of rumors and stuff out there, that’s fun.”


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