KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Kansas City Chiefs were quick to
dispel any rumors that they are actively shopping Pro Bowl running
back Larry Johnson before this weekend's N-F-L draft.
Team spokesman Bob Moore said today that the Chiefs have not
offered Johnson to anybody, and that no team has been given
permission to speak with him.
The 27-year-old Johnson has been participating in the Chiefs'
offseason program, but is entering the final year of his contract.
Johnson has made it clear that he wants a deal worth more than
the eight-year, 60 (m) million dollar contract of San Diego
Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
Rumors that Kansas City wants to trade Johnson, surfaced as the
team scrambles to acquire draft picks.
The Chiefs invited four running backs _ California's Marshawn
Lynch, Ohio State's Antonio Pittman, Florida State's Lorenzo Booker
and Louisville's Kolby Smith _ for interviews, and have said they
are willing to draft a running back in the early rounds.
Johnson's value has never been higher, either. His 21-hundred-99
yards from scrimmage accounted for 43 percent of the Chiefs' total
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