Like it or not, it's going to happen. And it's going to happen soon.
The sometimes outspoken, always under appreciated (at least in his eyes), and massively publicized Johnson is on the verge of being traded to the Cowboys for veteran wide receiver Joey Galloway.
According to several sources familiar with the ongoing talks, the trade that was first reported by the Dallas Morning News almost one week ago, is on the verge of going down.
Galloway, who is the league's fifth-highest paid receiver, is scheduled to earn 6.31 million in 2004, a number that is hardly worth his production on the field. Last season, the former Ohio State Buckeye brought in just 34 catches for 672 yards and 2 touchdowns.
In his four year career in Dallas, Galloway has never come close to reaching the level he was at with the Seattle Seahawks.
He's yet to catch more than 61 passes in a year. He's yet to go over the 1,000 yard mark in a season, and he's managed just 12 touchdowns in 4 seasons.
Clearly, it's time for a change. The fans know it, the media knows it, and the Dallas Cowboys organization, led by owner Jerry Jones and head coach Bill Parcells, know it.
|Keyshawn Johnson has always played well under Bill Parcells, and would likely fit well in the Cowboys' offensive scheme.|
And the feeling out of both of those meetings has been very positive.
But here comes the trade off.
Johnson's tenure in Tampa included a World Championship. Through the course of his first three years playing in the NFC South, his attitude was held in check and his performance on the field was basically what was expected of him.
Johnson averaged almost 84 catches for 1,100 yards and 5 touchdowns per season during his first three years in Tampa.
The last year however, is a completely different story.
After just 10 games of action, Johnson was surprisingly deactivated after a dispute with Gruden. "For whatever reason he didn't want to be here anymore. He let me know that some time after one of our early games," Gruden told reporters after the Bucs' 4-6 start.
Sources said that Johnson missed a mandatory meeting earlier in the week, had missed curfew twice on the night before games, and was also missing on the team plane coming back from a loss in San Francisco.
The Bucs had enough, promptly deactivated him, and held hope to trade him this offseason.
And that brings us to the present day Galloway for Johnson scenario.
Both sides have met more than once. Both players have met with their possible new head coaches, and by all accounts, this deal is a go.
The only thing that remains to be seen is exactly when it will be executed. Sources have confirmed that something is likely to happen on the first day that such a trade could be made official- which is Wednesday of next week (March 3rd).
Details of the swap could be released as early as Monday, but the trade itself will not be official until Wednesday.
Johnson has always loved playing for Bill Parcells, and the end result of having him in Dallas can only mean more production than what we were seeing from Joey Galloway.
Galloway seemingly lost a step after a knee injury limited him to just one catch in one game of action in his first year with the Cowboys. He wasn't the same receiver after that, and he never commanded the same sort of respect that he did in Seattle.
And when you add his lack of production to the fact that he was brought to the Cowboys for two first round draft picks in 2000 and 2001, it's easy to see why the organization would be willing to take a chance on a Galloway for Keyshawn Johnson trade.