After missing mandatory workouts, practices and team functions, it became apparent Johnson no longer wanted to be a part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"He had a rocky relationship with the prior coaching staff, and somewhat with this coaching staff, and Keyshawn is a guy that will vent his frustration, at times, as we all know" said general manager Rich McKay. "But I don't think it is what our decision is based on. I think that it was very clear, by Key, that he viewed this as his last season here. He felt he had to move on. He made that clear to us."
"From what I understand the team has deactivated me for the remainder of the season and they are going to pay me the remainder of my salary," said Johnson.
Johnson, who averaged 76.25 catches per season with the New York Jets, averaged 84.33 in his first three seasons with the Bucs but was on pace to catch just 72 this season.
"I'll just say that, for whatever reason, he did not want to be here," commented head coach Jon Gruden. "He let me know that some time after one of our early games. We've worked hard to try and get him the football, obviously, and win games. We want our players to be happy, but unfortunately it has festered for a while. I believe it has affected him. Certainly, we hate to see him go, but again that's just part of football sometimes."
Keyshawn will be replaced on the depth chart by Joe Jurevicius, who returned last week after missing seven games with a torn MCL in his right knee.
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