Bucs' bench star WR Johnson rest of year http://www.clarionledger.com/news/0311/19/sbriefs.html
From staff and wire reports
Keyshawn Johnson will get his wish to leave Tampa Bay — once the season is over.
Meantime, he won't even get to play.
The Buccaneers shelved their disgruntled star receiver for the rest of the year Tuesday, saying he had become disruptive during a disappointing 4-6 start for the defending Super Bowl champions.
"For whatever reason he didn't want to be here. He let me know that some time after one of our early games," coach Jon Gruden said.
The Bucs said they would deactivate Johnson for the remaining six games. He will be paid his full salary and was not fined, general manager Rich McKay said.
Reached in Miami by the St. Petersburg Times, the two-time Pro Bowl selection said he was shocked by the move.
"I really don't know what to say. Basically, they are shutting me down for the rest of the season. I don't understand it," Johnson told the newspaper.
"I gave them everything I had between the white lines. I did everything they asked me to do. But it's OK, I'll continue to work out and stay in shape and look forward to playing somewhere else next year," he said.
Johnson is the Bucs' third-leading receiver this season with 45 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns.
McKay said he spoke with Johnson's agent, Jerome Stanley, and "we agreed that it will not be necessary for him to be present at our facility for the remainder of the year."
Johnson is midway through an eight-year, $56 million contract that included a $13 million signing bonus.