The Tennessee Titans need an experienced receiver to help Vince Young, and said yesterday they are interested in veteran Keyshawn Johnson.
"There's mutual interest I'd say right now," coach Jeff Fisher said. "I think we'll probably look into the possibility of pursuing things. Where that goes, I can't tell you."
Johnson will visit the Titans today. His relationship with Fisher goes back to Southern California, when the coach played for the Trojans and Johnson was a ball boy.
"I know Jeff, but I don't know the organization and I don't know the makeup of the team and the coaching staff. I know a little bit about [offensive coordinator] Norm Chow. I know Norm from college. At the same time, I want to make sure everything's the right fit," Johnson said.
The Carolina Panthers released Johnson, who turns 35 in July, earlier this month after drafting USC's Dwayne Jarrett. Johnson had 70 catches for 815 yards and four touchdowns last season and became the 16th player in NFL history with 800 career catches.
His 70 catches in 2006 easily top the receptions of all the receivers currently on the Titans' roster who played in the NFL last year.David Givens is the Titans' only receiver with more than five seasons in the NFL and the only one with more than 65 career catches (166). But he had a second surgery on his left knee 7 weeks ago and isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Center Kevin Mawae, who played with Johnson when both were with the New York Jets, said he wasn't sure if Johnson's personality would click with the young Titans.
* The Dolphins added Hall of Fame bloodlines to their roster, signing safety David Lofton and receiver Michael Malone as undrafted free agents. Lofton's father is James Lofton, an NFL receiver from 1978 to '93, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
Malone's father is Moses Malone, who played pro basketball from 1974 to '95 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
* Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is not expected at minicamp because he said he will hold out to protest his franchise-tag status. When Briggs stayed away from minicamp and team sessions last offseason, he found himself on the second team.
* Ravens quarterback Steve McNair's minicamp performance indicated he doesn't seem to be distracted by his pending driving-under-the-influence case. He was arrested May 9 in Nashville, Tenn., on a misdemeanor offense often referred to as DUI by consent. McNair was a passenger in his own car. It was being driven by his brother-in-law, who was intoxicated. *