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
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
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
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.