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    Friday, March 19, 2004


    ESPN.com news services
    IRVING, Texas -- Keyshawn Johnson's reunion with Bill Parcells is finally ensured.


    Three weeks after agreeing to a contract with the Parcells-coached Dallas Cowboys, Johnson was able to sign it Friday after Joey Galloway agreed to be dealt to Tampa Bay in a swap of receivers.


    The Galloway-for-Johnson deal was in the works since late February. It was delayed because Galloway and the Buccaneers couldn't agree on a contract.


    The Bucs offered a one-year deal Thursday for $2 million with another $600,000 in reachable incentives, ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reported. Galloway wanted to sleep on it before making a final decision.


    His Dallas deal would've paid $6.31 million this season, but the Cowboys likely would've cut him once they got Johnson. Galloway said he knew when he signed his seven-year, $42 million contract with Dallas in 2000 that it was going to change.


    "There was no doubt in my mind I'd have to take a pay cut," Galloway said. "We just had to come to an agreement on what the contract would be. I think both sides had confidence it would get done. There was no point in time did I want to play with anyone but Tampa Bay."


    Johnson was so confident he was coming to Dallas that he already began house hunting.


    After all, had the trade fallen through, Tampa Bay would've released him by April 1 to avoid paying a $1 million roster bonus, and he would've signed with the Cowboys as a free agent. His new contract is for $20 million over four years with a $4 million bonus.


    "Honestly, Keyshawn fits better in the system they run in Dallas," Galloway told ESPN Radio on Thursday. "I don't think that's anything personal against me. He fits better … he's played for [Dallas head coach Bill] Parcells before. They know each other and understand each other. If it works out in Tampa with me, that's a great fit for me, and I'm excited to have a chance to start over somewhere."


    Both players are former 1,000-yard receivers coming off down years. Both originally were acquired for two first-round draft picks and neither lived up to expectations, although the Bucs did win a Super Bowl with Johnson.


    Tampa Bay made Johnson inactive the final six games last season, citing his ongoing squabbles with coach Jon Gruden as a detriment to the team. Similar problems aren't anticipated in Dallas because he'll be playing for Parcells, his coach for three years with the New York Jets.


    While Johnson played only 10 games, his numbers (45 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns) were almost as good as Galloway put up in 15 games -- 34 catches for 672 yards and two TDs. They were his lowest totals in his three full seasons with the Cowboys.

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  • #2
    Let's see if he has the stones to berate Big Tuna on the sidelines next year.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by DaLode@Mar 19 2004, 02:15 PM
      Let's see if he has the stones to berate Big Tuna on the sidelines next year.
      He'll be housebroken before training camp is over.
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      • #4
        heee motha' f'ing hawwwww!!!
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        • #5
          Keyshawn was at his best when Parcells was his coach and he respects the guy more than any other coach in the league. I don't think Keyshawn is anything more than a possession receiver but I'm sure his behavior won't be a huge problem in Dallas.

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