Whispers from around the NFL

Updated: February 9, 2004, 1:40 PM ET
By Pro Football Weekly
Keyshawn Johnson
  • Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio has privately expressed interest in acquiring WR Keyshawn Johnson, who has connections to the team. Johnson served as a ballboy at USC while Del Rio played linebacker there. Jaguars vice president of player personnel James Harris also served as the Jets' assistant general manager when New York drafted Johnson in 1996.

  • Look for Panthers QB Jake Delhomme and WR Steve Smith to sign lucrative, long-term contracts in the next few weeks.