Chiefs maintain Johnson trade not part of plans

By: From: KC Chiefs
By: From: KC Chiefs

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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.
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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
offense.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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