Raiders may look at Jets' Johnson

March 12, 2000|By THE RECORD

The Jets do not appear willing to accommodate the Ravens and coach Brian Billick on a quick resolution to trade talks involving Keyshawn Johnson. That could open the door for other NFL clubs that would like to acquire the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

And one team thinking of entering the Keyshawn marketplace should be no surprise: the Oakland Raiders.

According to a Raiders source, the teams haven't talked about a trade. But Oakland is intrigued about bringing Johnson back to his home state of California.

"We'd love to have him, but we have to address other things first," the Raiders source said Friday. "We haven't put anything together yet. It's in the really early stages."

The prospects of these teams doing business is a natural, since Jets director of football operations Bill Parcells and Raiders boss Al Davis have a long-standing relationship.

The Raiders know the first requirement in any trade would be their first-round selection, the 17th overall. If the Jets acquire that, they would at least temporarily control the middle of the first round with the 16th, 17th, and 18th picks. With two of those picks, they would still be able to trade up if they want, to Cincinnati's fourth pick overall or perhaps the Ravens' No. 5 pick.

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