Johnson to join NFL pregame show

Updated: November 21, 2003, 10:36 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Keyshawn Johnson has found another way to spend this Sunday afternoon.

No longer wanted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Pro Bowl receiver will be an in-studio guest analyst for Fox's weekly NFL pregame show.

The outspoken receiver, deactivated by the Super Bowl champions on Monday, will appear on "Fox NFL Sunday."

"We look forward to having Keyshawn in this weekend to discuss his situation in Tampa Bay and find out what the future holds for him," coordinating producer Scott Ackerson said Thursday.

It was not immediately clear if Johnson would reprise his analyst role in subsequent weeks.

"We've done stuff with Keyshawn in the past, we're doing stuff with him in the present and will likely do stuff with him in the future," Ackerson said. "Let's get through this week and then go from there."

Ackerson said Johnson will play a prominent role in the show, which will feature a segment on Dallas coach Bill Parcells. Johnson played for Parcells with the New York Jets and has often cited him as his favorite coach.

While Johnson will address his situation with the Bucs, Ackerson said "it's more than just having Keyshawn on to talk about being deactivated because I don't think that would be the best use of his skills."

On Monday, the Buccaneers shelved Johnson for the rest of the season, saying he had become disruptive after the defending champs began the season 4-6. Tampa Bay has lost three straight and is in danger of missing the playoffs.

Johnson, in his eighth year out of Southern Cal, was the Bucs' third-leading receiver with 45 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns. He wasn't happy with his role in the offense and, last month, told coach Jon Gruden and general manager Rich McKay that he wanted to leave after this season.

Johnson is midway through an eight-year, $56 million contract with Tampa Bay that included a $13 million signing bonus. He will be paid for the final six games of the season and was not fined by the team prior to being deactivated.

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