Kevin Johnson isn't a happy camper these days because of the latest trade rumor involving his name.
The Kansas City Star reported that the Chiefs offered the Browns a fifth-round choice in next year's draft in exchange for the third-year receiver. The Browns turned down the offer, but Johnson was upset with comments made by Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil about his playing ability. Vermeil said that Johnson hasn't lived up to his billing as the first pick in the second round of the 1999 draft.
"In life you always have something to prove. I guess that's the situation right now," said Johnson, who is embarrassed by the talk. "I hate when people question whatever it is they want to question. My whole outlook is to help this team improve and try to win football games."
Browns coach Butch Davis was strong in his support of Johnson.
"Kansas City obviously must be very frustrated with their receiver situation," Davis said. "They've continued to call. They've offered draft picks. They offered linebackers, and we said no. Kevin and I talked, and I said, ‘Practice hard and play hard.' We shook hands, and he promised me that he'd catch 75 balls and score eight touchdowns."
Davis put to rest any chance of Tony Jones returning to the Browns from retirement. There were media reports on Wednesday stating that Jones had signed a one-year contract.
"We wanted to do it two weeks ago when we waived Terrance Sykes, but the tragedy at the World Trade Center shut down the NFL offices. We couldn't waive him so that if we wanted to re-sign him we could," Davis said. "Tony has decided that he wants to stay retired."
Defensive end Courtney Brown won't play Sunday because of a sprained knee. Receiver Dennis Northcutt (clavicle) and defensive tackle Marcus Spriggs (forearm) are doubtful. Offensive lineman Tre Johnson (finger) is questionable, and safety Marquis Smith (hand) is probable. Northcutt practiced with pads on.
Offensive tackle Toby Miles signed a one-year contract. Linebacker Barry Minter was waived.