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Keyshawn with NYG?

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  1. mrecktid

    mrecktid New Member

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    MAY BE A REPOST

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    According to The Star-Ledger, a close friend and former teammate of unrestricted free agent WR Keyshawn Johnson has told the paper that Johnson is scheduled to visit the Giants today. Johnson, who was recently waived by the Dallas Cowboys, has expressed interest in playing for the Giants. "If the numbers are right, he could sign with the Giants (today)," said the source. "Keyshawn thinks the Giants have a really good team and could contend for the Super Bowl. Besides, he loves the New York stage."


    No, I do not have a link of the source, just got that from another message board though.

    This would suck if it was true.

    -Mark
  2. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    Heard that too. This morning on local sports radio 910. Heard about the visit but nothing pertaining to his intrest one way or the other.
  3. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    Keyshawn may soon be a Giant


    Tuesday, March 21, 2006 BY MIKE GARAFOLO
    Star-Ledger Staff
    Could Keyshawn Johnson have a return engagement on Broadway? Perhaps.

    Johnson, who was the first pick of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Jets and spent his first four seasons with the club, is scheduled to fly into the area this morning and visit with the Giants, according to a close friend and former teammate with knowledge of the talks between Johnson and the Giants.

    The friend said the Giants are expected to make a strong bid to sign Johnson and may strike a deal as early as this week. Johnson is said to be excited about the opportunity to return to the New York area, a place he never wanted to leave.

    "If the numbers are right, he could sign with the Giants (today)," the friend said. "Keyshawn thinks the Giants have a really good team and could contend for the Super Bowl. Besides, he loves the New York stage."

    Johnson, 33, was released by the Cowboys last week when the club decided not to exercise a $1 million roster bonus and instead sign Terrell Owens. He was due to earn a $1.5 million base salary in addition to the bonus but made it clear he wanted more money and a multiyear deal.

    Carolina, Seattle, Philadelphia, New England, Kansas City and Dallas, which would like to re-sign Johnson, also have shown interest.

    Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi refused comment.

    In an interview with SI.com last week, Johnson suggested the Giants and Seahawks were among his top targets.

    No matter who signs him, Johnson made it clear last week he's not looking to take a pay cut.

    "I know exactly what I'm worth, and it's not $2.5 million a year," he told SI.com. "I know what I bring to a team, and if somebody comes calling who is willing to compensate me accordingly, I'm available."

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said recently that Johnson was one of the "top five competitors to ever put on a Cowboys uniform."

    Johnson, entering his 11th season, is still a big-time player and could provide several intangibles to the Giants, against whom he caught eight passes for 120 yards in a Cowboys victory last October. Last season, he had 71 receptions for 839 yards (11.8-yard average) and six touchdowns. He commanded double teams, which opened up the field for teammate Terry Glenn, and remains one of the top blocking wide receivers in the league.

    Furthermore, Johnson is still a clutch performer and is fearless going across the middle. He had 25 receptions for 256 yards and two touchdowns on third down, tied for sixth in the NFC.

    Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who is close to Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, is believed to think Johnson is the kind of clutch player the Giants lack. Receiver Plaxico Burress, who was added as a free agent last year, started well but had only one 100-yard game in the final five weeks of the regular season. Burress also dropped a touchdown on the first offensive play of a Christmas Eve loss to the Redskins and was held without a catch in the team's shutout defeat to the Panthers in the playoffs.

    Coughlin, who is close to Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, is said to be convinced Johnson can still play at a high level and does the little things to help a team win. He would provide solid blocking for running back Tiki Barber and the attention he would command in the passing game would create even more space for tight end Jeremy Shockey, Burress and 11-year veteran receiver Amani Toomer.

    It's unclear exactly how much money Johnson is looking for, but he is said to want a multiyear deal, according to the friend. Thirty-something veterans such as Kevin Mawae ($4 million), Willie McGinest ($6 million) and Isaac Bruce ($6 million) have all done well on the free agent market this off-season. Johnson has earned $8 million over the past two seasons.

    Despite his age, Johnson, a three-time Pro Bowler, remains productive. He's not far off his best season with the Jets, when he had 89 catches for 1,170 yards and eight touchdowns in 1999, his final season with the club.

    Since leaving the Jets, Johnson, who has also played with the Bucs, has won a Super Bowl, had a 100-catch season and gone to the Pro Bowl. Throughout his career, he has made the receivers playing opposite him better, including Wayne Chrebet, Keenan McCardell and Glenn. He has caught a pass in 151 consecutive games, second to only the Colts Marvin Harrison.
  4. AMERICAS_FAN

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    ESPN radio was speculating this morning that the Ginats, although interested in Key, are not looking to give him that big of a contract. But Key is hoping for one last big pay-day, which he is not likely to get.

    This is good in the sense that Key will give Dallas a chance to match any offer he receives (and he'll do it for his loyalty to Parcells). So if the Giants come in lower, that just increases Dallas' chances of re-signing him, and it will at least give Dallas the last word in deciding if Key should go to another team in the division.

    I hope we do re-sign him because I see Key as the ultimate #3 WR. Could you immagine:
    #1 WR: Terell Owens
    #2 WR: Terry Glenn
    #3 WR: Keyshawn Jonson
    #4 WR: Pattrick Crayton

    And pair that with a Jason Witten at the TE position. WOW!

    AF
  5. cowboyjoe

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    ESPN radio was speculating this morning that the Ginats, although interested in Key, are not looking to give him that big of a contract. But Key is hoping for one last big pay-day, which he is not likely to get.

    This is good in the sense that Key will give Dallas a chance to match any offer he receives (and he'll do it for his loyalty to Parcells). So if the Giants come in lower, that just increases Dallas' chances of re-signing him, and it will at least give Dallas the last word in deciding if Key should go to another team in the division.


    I think this is maybe what will happen. Got to remember, the Giants are real low now on cap, and they still have to sign their draft picks. I dont think they are going to give him too much pay increase. Key, said he would give Dallas the option to match or maybe little better.

    Personally, I would like to see Key back in Dallas, maybe 2 year deal, first year cap friendly. Key, could be our key 3rd down, like when you need 3rd and 3 or so. With TO, Terry Glenn, Witten, whom is going to stop us, along with Julius Jones in backfield. Granted that may slow down Patrick Craytons development, but this is Craytons 3rd or 4th year, so he should really show what he is made up of today.

    Finally, if some way we sign Reggie McNeil, 6-2, 200, with 4.38 in 40, whom is a QB but scouts say he should be a WR. Then, maybe we dont need Key. We can tell McNeil, ok, you can be our 3rd string or 4th string emergency QB, but to help the team. We want you to play WR. TO can tutor McNeil, maybe get him to work out harder, and put a little muscle on his skinny frame. McNeil is a great athlete, more mobile than Quincy Carter and alusive, great cutting ability, with pure deep speed.
  6. clayman

    clayman New Member

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    TO tutor somebody...now thats funny.
  7. johnnycomelately

    johnnycomelately New Member

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    I am concerned about the depth at WR. Before KJ was released the talk was that the Cowboys still needed a WR. They sign TO but release KJ. So although it is an upgrade, the depth problem remains. Glenn is often injured despite a healthy 2005 and Crayton and TO have both sustained fairly recent injuries. So maybe KJ isn't resigned but they do need some type of reliable backup, preferably someone that can play special teams as well.
  8. AMERICAS_FAN

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    I like Crayton and think he has a HUGE upside. We should furhter develop him. I would hope we re-sign Key and draft a WR. That would leave Copper as the odd man out, unless htey would keep 6 WRs.

    If we do NOT re-sing Key our WR chain looks like:
    TO - Glenn - Crayton - Draft-pick - Copper

    If we DO re-sign Key, our WR chain looks like:
    TO - Glenn - Key - Crayton - Draft-pick

    As you can see, re-signing Key provides the safer and much deeper option.

    AF
  9. johnnycomelately

    johnnycomelately New Member

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    Crayton certainly looked sure handed and like a force before the injury. After the injury, he never quite looked as promising; but in all fairness, I think he did return after the Flozell injury which changed everything in 05 for the Dallas offense. Nobody seemed to look as good after Flozell was out.

    I'd be surprised if Keyshawn was resigned. The question is when do you select the WR position in the draft. BP seems to like defensive players early so I'm not sure how much of an impact a late round WR could make if a few injuries occur in the WR corps.
  10. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    I wonder if the Giants offer him a contract if he comes back to us to see if we will top it.

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