Raiders Off the List for Keyshawn’s Services

Knock one more team off the list of possible spots for Keyshawn Johnson, as reports say that the Oakland Raiders are not going to go after the 35-year-old wide receiver. InsideBayArea.com reports that Johnson, who was let go by the Panthers right after the draft, would be a bad fit for the team. The site explains that once Rich Snead is announced as a member of the Player Personnel Department, he will have his sights in a lot of places, but that going after Johnson is not going to happen.

The team re-signed leading wide out Ronald Curry this past offseason, and Jerry Porter will be featured as the teams flanker when the season opens. The team also has Doug Gabriel, who can play both the split end or the flanker spot. Another thing that may keep Johnson from Oakland is money, as he was recently quoted as saying: “I’m not playing for $750,000, $850,000, $1 million or $2.5 million,” Johnson said. “You can write that down.”

In other words, wherever Johnson ends up, he is going to want at least a two-year deal, and is going to want some decent value but to the contract. The latest team that seemed to have their eyes on KJ was Tennessee. He was set to visit there last weekend, and did leave the complex without getting an offer. The site says a final issue with Johnson is former teammate Warren Sapp, now a Raider. Sapp and KJ cannot stand each other, and the team may shy away for chemistry reasons that they do not want to ruffle feathers in the locker room.


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