Saturday, March 20, 2004

It's official: Keyshawn, Parcells reunited

NFL roundup

The Associated Press

IRVING, Texas - Keyshawn Johnson was reunited with Bill Parcells on Friday, giving the Dallas Cowboys the big target - and flamboyant personality - they've lacked since Michael Irvin retired.

The acquisition was settled once Joey Galloway accepted a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Galloway's approval was the final hurdle in completing a trade that was discussed for nearly a month.

"I'm excited, probably more excited than I was when I won the Super Bowl," said Johnson, who helped the Bucs win the championship following the 2002 season. "It's good to be headed somewhere I'll be working with people who know what I'm about."

Johnson knew he was leaving the Bucs after they declared him inactive for the final six games last season because of differences with coach Jon Gruden. Rather than cut him, Tampa Bay made a trade so it would get something back on its initial investment of two first-round picks.

Johnson agreed more than three weeks ago to a $20 million, four-year deal with Dallas that includes a $4 million bonus. Then he waited for the Bucs and Galloway to strike a deal.

Everything stalled when Tampa Bay held firm at $1 million. The bid was increased Thursday to $2 million with another $600,000 in incentives, according to a source close to negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"There was no doubt in my mind I'd have to take a pay cut," said Galloway, whose previous deal was for $6.31 million this season.

"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 and Parcells have a successful track record together: In three seasons with the New York Jets, Johnson made the Pro Bowl twice.

His position coach those years was Todd Haley, hired by the Cowboys in January.

BRONCOS: Denver signed free agent tight end Jed Weaver on Friday and re-signed running back Reuben Droughns.

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