« Cap implications of cutting Johnson | Main | Jarrett, Kalil to attend workouts »

May 01, 2007

Keyshawn still draws interest

Keyshawn Johnson might have to put his television career on hold. Word is there might be a pretty good market for him. The Eagles, Chargers, Giants and Titans are rumored to be among the teams that are at least thinking about pursuing Johnson.

Posted by Observer Sports on May 1, 2007 at 08:31 PM | Permalink


Sounded like the Steelers were taking a look as well.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 1, 2007 9:05:34 PM

I guess if Keyshawn decides to go to one of these new teams, we can take everything he ever said about thinking about quitting, not wanting to play for a new offensive coordinator, not wanting to start over again, all of that stuff were complete lies if he signs with another team right?

Although, who am I to judge? Just keep him out of the NFC South please.

Posted by: Ryan | May 1, 2007 9:31:59 PM

I think this was a bad mistake. I really think we should have held on to Keyshawn for one more year. I really don't like his personality but I don't think we have anyone who can step up and be the second receiver behind Smith. Colbert has been non-existant for the past two years and Carter had been too inconsistant.

I would be willing to bet that before the upcoming season is over the Panthers will regret this move and I also bet Keyshawn will land with another team and probably catch a TD to beat the Panthers. This move by Marty and Foxy leaves me shaking my head.

Posted by: Patrick | May 1, 2007 9:38:04 PM

A 2nd receiver? Between Carter, Colbert, and Jarrett (who you somehow neglected to even MENTION), I'm sure somebody can get it done.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 1, 2007 9:45:39 PM

Michael...where was Carter, Colbert, and any other 2nd reciever 2 years ago in the NFC Championship game with Steve Smith was double teamed...those guys were non-existant! I'm sure David Carr could have thrown quite a few touchdown to Johnson if he were still here...now another quaterback will...probably New Orleans and Drew Breeze!

Posted by: Lukedog | May 1, 2007 10:04:25 PM

They were two years younger, and they didn't have a 1st-round rated receiver to go with them. Furthermore, we had no running game whatsoever (or have you forgotten Jamal Robertson lined up in the backfield?), as we were down to our 4th back of the season. The key for this season, regardless of any wide receiver or tight end issues, is to keep the O-line healthy, find a workhorse back, and keep Jack off HIS back. As for Carr, barring an injury, he won't start for some time; I think a Super Bowl appearance outweighs having never so much as reached .500.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 1, 2007 10:10:46 PM

The panthers really need a dynamic quarterback. This position is the greatest weakness for the team. Delhomme is a great person, no disrespect, but talent over personality is necessary on the playing field.

Posted by: diane | May 1, 2007 10:27:14 PM

Thank God! Excellent move! Good Riddence!

Posted by: PantherInMD | May 1, 2007 10:39:58 PM

whoever thinks this is a good move is crazy. and the Ryan dude in the comment above that siad they were lies. you cant blame him if he goes to another team he was ready to play for us after we got jarrett he said let's give this one last go and then we just dump the guy like that our front office is gettin really bad i love the draft but if we dont make the playoffs this yr i say fox will be gone and hurney this move has really made me think and i really dont understand it if anyone should have got cut it should have been colbert. i cant believe this still

Posted by: Kirk P | May 2, 2007 12:17:23 AM

The way this was handles is madness. No draft picks or players in trade for the guy. Furthermore, why take a hit at all when trading him could land another possible WR to fill his spot in this years draft. If they were planning to do this a month ago then Fox & company have their brains on the shelf. They embarassed a superstar (that I personally loathe), their new draft pick and fellow USC standout, and themselves in the process. They also have infuriated Johnson and his fans (we may face him again). I'm officially calling for the resignation of Fox, Hurney, and yes, even Jerry Richardson himself.

Posted by: SYRPIS | May 2, 2007 2:22:41 AM

Relax. This is not the end of the world as we know it. Remember the hubbub when the Patriots dumped Lawyer Malloy? Or when they traded Deion Branch? They won the Super Bowl in the first case, and made the AFC Championship game last year. You can argue the Panthers are not the Pats and you would be right. But wouldn't we like to be? My point is that 2007 success has little to do with this change. A healthy OL, better special teams play, and some fresh thinking on offense are much more vital to Panthers success this season than Keyshawn.

Posted by: magicman | May 2, 2007 6:22:14 AM

He did some good for us last year. Not sure cutting him was the best idea. He miss timed his jump in Philly, PI maybe but he still could have caught it. Some other games he dropped some big passes also. I am glad he is not going to be a mentor for J. They do have wide receivers coaches to teach these guys what to do. I agree though, should be about superbowl and not getting younger guys reps. I guess we will all have to pout untill proven wrong!

Posted by: Gut | May 2, 2007 8:07:45 AM

Keyshawn had a good year last year for the Panthers, but certainly not great. Too much credit for the rep and not the actual performance. As for Colbert, he will have to show in training camp that he's ready to step up and play or he will be gone.
Trading Keyshawn for a pick? If Randy Moss and Darrell Jackson only garner 4th rounders, what good is another 7th round pick that we could have gotten for Keyshawn?

Posted by: Paul | May 2, 2007 8:20:59 AM

Umm, remember when he was cut from the Cowboys so they could sign Terrel freaking Owens? When a team is willing to cut a guy for that head case, that's a humongous red flag.

Posted by: swiznami | May 2, 2007 9:32:22 AM

And if it was an embarrassment to cut him, how much of an embarrassment would it have been to trade him for a 7th-rounder and a pair of cleats while he was on TV? Nobody would have given us anything worth a damn...that's why reports have him not being able to find a job for more than the minimum.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 2, 2007 9:34:36 AM

This move was not as bad as people are making it out to be. Why do teams need a possession reciever? You need them to help out on 3rd downs and in the red zone, those were the 2 things that killed us last year. So if he can't help us there then we don't need him. If we want to take pressure off Smith then we need to get a running game. Also Panthers fans are the biggest bandwagon fans I think I have ever met are talked to before. Last year at this time we were one game away from the super bowl and the same fans screaming for Fox's head were calling him the greatest coach of all time. I am not saying he has a free pass here for the rest of his life, but do you guys remember how bad we were before he got here? And why do people want Bill Cowher here so bad, he had one lucky run in Pitt and now he all of a sudden is great please explain that one to me?

Posted by: Billy | May 2, 2007 9:55:13 AM

Do you think there is any chance of the Bears cutting Muhsin now that they have Greg Olsen and their young receivers are coming on ?

Posted by: Kenneth | May 2, 2007 10:04:09 AM

Come on down to Atlanta Meshawn!

Posted by: Falcon Fan | May 2, 2007 10:22:22 AM

Would love to see him in a Packer uniform!!!

Posted by: Mike | May 2, 2007 10:48:44 AM

Bad move, bad move. When Smith went down last year where was Carter and Colbert, no where. Colbert is a bust, and Carter has had years to prove he was more than potential. Carter last year was a weak third option and now he might be 2nd. The Panthers are pinning a lot on Jarrett and his very slow self. Jarrett might be great, might be good and could be a bust like Mike Williams or Colbert. Even if Jarrett has a good rookie year; that is still not going to be enough to help the team to the playoffs, unless a lot of other stuff goes wrong. Bottom line, Panthers are a weaker team today.

Posted by: jb | May 2, 2007 11:00:22 AM

Keshawn can no longer perform as an every down starter on this team - 3rd down WR at best. And because of this Management does not want to deal with a disgruntled-headcase, whinning throughout the season about the lack of playing time, so better to release him. Jarret although not fast, runs routes very well and has good hands - he will replace Meshawn - no problem. In fact, he is an upgrade. Wait and see, you Panther fans will be satisfied with Jarret.

Posted by: Not a Panther Fan | May 2, 2007 11:25:18 AM

My question is - why pay this guy his roster bonus a couple of months ago and then cut him now? Keyshawn caught 80 passes last year and really never displayed any attitude problems while he was here. I thought we'd leave Keyshawn one more year to help smooth the transition to the young guys. Should have cut Colbert instead, he can't catch a cold the last few years.

Posted by: Redwolfsong | May 2, 2007 11:36:05 AM

This is a good thing.I am a diehard colts fan since 1972.The panthers started treading water after the release of Mushin.They should have kept him and released dan morgan an so on. the panthers wr,s helped jake. Look at the colts. a good defense can keep your team in the game. If your offense worked with smith and Mushin in there. why change??? this is the panthers downfall. keyshawn has never been as good as Harrison and will always be overrated by his mouth.I am looking forward to the colts kicking the panthers Butt this year .

Posted by: burleson | May 2, 2007 12:44:59 PM

THERE WAS NO ROSTER BONUS!!!!!!!!! If you'd pull your head out of your ass, you would have seen or read the MULTIPLE times where it was said that the payment was a deferred portion of his signing bonus (i.e. money he would have been paid either way) in the amount of $1 million, not $3 mil. Cutting Colbert would not have done us any good...his salary is less than half of Key's. If he doesn't get it done in camp and the preseason, he more than likely WILL get cut. It's MAY, people. #2 WR was not the source of our problems on offense anyway. Fix the RUN GAME and the O LINE!

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 2, 2007 12:57:59 PM

From Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald:
Certainly the Panthers are thinner now than they were yesterday morning at wide receiver. But keep in mind, the model for what their offense wants to look like has never included multiple star receivers -- just multiple good ones.

New offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson is of the House of Weis. When his patron directed New England's offense, they won Super Bowls with the following sets of receivers:

2001: Troy Brown, David Patten, Charles Johnson, Bert Emanuel and a hurt/suspended Terry Glenn.
2003: Troy Brown, Deion Branch, David Patten, David Givens, and Bethel Johnson.
2004: Same group.

We'll be fine, people.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 2, 2007 1:08:07 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.