Keyshawn Johnson eyeing return to New York NFL.com wire reports
(March 21, 2006) -- Keyshawn Johnson is exploring a return to the city where he became famous as much for his off-field statements as for his on-field pass catching.
The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was visiting with the New York Giants on March 21, a team official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of team policy.
Johnson was released by the Cowboys a week ago, just hours after the Philadelphia Eagles released controversial wideout Terrell Owens.
Dallas signed Owens to a three-year contract on March 18.
Johnson, 33, the overall No. 1 pick in the draft in 1996, caught 305 passes for 31 touchdowns in four years with the New York Jets but often voiced his displeasure at not being a bigger part of the offense. After his rookie season in 1996, he released an autobiography titled Just Give Me The Damn Ball!
He later spent four years with Tampa Bay and caught 106 passes -- but only one touchdown -- for the Bucs in 2001, and was acquired by Dallas in a trade for Joey Galloway after the Bucs deactivated him for the final four games of the 2003 season.
Johnson led the Cowboys in receptions last season with 71 for 839 yards and six touchdowns.
The Giants lacked a dependable third option at wide receiver last season. Plaxico Burress led the team with 76 receptions and 10-year veteran Amani Toomer had 60, but often-injured Tim Carter caught only 10 passes and special-teams specialist David Tyree caught five.
He's just visiting for now but what kind of an affect (if any) would this have on Plax's stats if he ended up in NY?
I don't know about Burress' stats, but Eli's would sure be padded a bit. Now people will overrate Eli moreso than now. Seriously, with that o-line, Burress, Toomer and Barber (now now maybe KJ), I could throw for 4K for crying out loud. however, I never would, because the Giants are evil.
I don't understand this move from the Giants perspective. First of all, the story says that the Giants lacked a 3rd WR, something I know Keyshawn would not be happy with. Then, you also have to keep in mind that it's Keyshawn and Plax, these two guys aren't exactly the fastest WRs. They're both possession WRs who get a lot of work over the middle and use their big frame. Neither one complements the other well and I don't particularly see the two of their egos working well together. Anyone else see this as a potentially bad deal for the Giants?