Reports: Jets shop Johnson to 'Skins, Bucs

New York looking to gain top-four pick in NFL draft

March 09, 2000|By Ken Murray

Having dangled star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson in front of the Ravens, the New York Jets apparently are exploring other markets and other draft picks this week.

Reports out of New York yesterday indicated the Jets have shopped Johnson to the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Redskins, holding the second and third picks of next month's NFL draft, reportedly are not interested.

The Bucs, who hold the 13th and 27th picks in the first round, might be.

The Jets are trying to collect enough picks to trade up to the top four, ostensibly to get Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown. Bill Parcells, director of football operations, has talked to the Ravens about the fifth pick at least twice.

Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' vice president of player personnel, said he had not talked to Parcells yesterday.

The Jets hold the 16th and 18th picks in the first round. Brown is expected to go in the first four picks, and the Cleveland Browns have not ruled out taking him with the first pick of the draft.

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