Having drafted USC’s Dwayne Jarrett in the second round and Ryne Robinson in the fourth, the Carolina Panthers have cut Keyshawn Johnson.
The Carolina Panthers released receiver Keyshawn Johnson on Tuesday, three days after they selected another former Southern California receiver in the second round of the draft. It was thought Johnson would help groom Dwayne Jarrett of USC, taken in the second round with the 45th pick. But apparently Johnson was deemed expendable — he and Jarrett are both 6-foot-4 possession receivers.
The Panthers also selected receiver Ryne Robinson of Miami of Ohio in the fourth round. While he will likely be primarily used as a punt returner, he did catch 91 passes last season.
Johnson, who will turn 35 in July, had 70 catches for 815 yards and four touchdowns last season, his first with Carolina, and became the 16th player in NFL history with 800 career catches. The Panthers signed the former No. 1 overall pick last year after he was released by the Cowboys in a salary cap move so they could sign Terrell Owens.
Johnson worked as an analyst for ESPN during the network’s draft coverage. When Carolina selected Jarrett, Johnson remarked he was “much like me” for his size and good hands and said he was looking forward to taking him under his wing.
Keyshawn was still quite productive last year despite a mediocre quarterback. If the price is right, I’d be happy to have him back with the Cowboys…
UPDATE: His agent says there’s plenty of interest.
Jerome Stanley, the agent for wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, told ESPN.com’s John Clayton on Wednesday that “several teams have expressed interest in Johnson and that he does have offers.” Stanley would not identify the teams that have made offers to Johnson, who was cut Tuesday by the Carolina Panthers, but he added, “Based on the offers, Keyshawn will be playing in the NFL this season.” Stanley said Johnson is sorting through the offers, but the agent didn’t put a timetable when Johnson would make a decision.
“They said they wanted to get younger,” Johnson told the St. Petersburg Times on Tuesday. “That’s fine with me. I’d like to go somewhere and help someone win another Super Bowl.”
Granted, what else is his agent going to say? Still, it’s quite likely a few teams would like to have this guy. You’d think the Cowboys would be one of them — at the right price — even with three other 30-something receivers on the roster. If Jerry Jones really thinks this team can go all the way, it makes sense to load up with veteran talent.
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