Can anyone provide a link to the contention that we could have traded McCardell to KC for LJ?
By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 1, 2004; 12:15 PM
Keenan McCardell's representatives say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rejected a proposed trade this week that would have sent the holdout wide receiver to the Kansas City Chiefs for tailback Larry Johnson.
The Chiefs reportedly have shopped Johnson to the Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Johnson, a first-round draft choice last year, has been disenchanted being stuck behind Priest Holmes (and now Derrick Blaylock as well) on the depth chart. He doesn't have a carry or a catch this season and last week he objected to Coach **CENSORED** Vermeil saying that Johnson would have to "take the diaper off" to play.
The Chiefs need help at wide receiver, and a Johnson-McCardell trade makes sense for both sides because the Buccaneers just lost tailback Charlie Garner to a season-ending knee injury. But the Buccaneers have tailback Michael Pittman returning from a suspension this week, and team officials have been adamant that they won't renegotiate McCardell's contract or accommodate his request to be traded or released. He has two seasons remaining on his contract for salaries totaling $5.25 million, but wants a raise of nearly $2 million per season and has said in recent weeks he doesn't want to return to the Buccaneers.