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Thursday, October 23, 2003
Johnson considering retirement and then coaching

Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Former Buffalo Bills receiver Charles Johnson is considering retirement and the possibility of becoming a coach.

"I'm leaving my options open," Johnson said on Thursday, the second day he spent helping coach Bills receivers in practice. He added he would spend the rest of the week with the team, including traveling to Kansas City for Buffalo's game on Sunday.

Johnson said he's enjoying spending time with his family at his home in North Carolina. He wouldn't say whether the Bills have made him an offer or when he'll make a decision on his future.

The Bills would only say that Johnson is with the team as a visitor.

Johnson is a nine-year NFL veteran who spent last year with Buffalo before being released prior to the start of this season. He broke into the league in 1994 as Pittsburgh's first-round draft pick, and spent five seasons with the Steelers.

Johnson also spent two years with Philadelphia and the 2001 season at New England where he won a Super Bowl championship.

His best season came in 1996 when he had 60 catches for 1,008 yards with the Steelers. Last year, Johnson was limited mostly to playing special teams and finished with a career-low three catches for 39 yards.

In 133 career games, 87 as a starter, Johnson has 354 catches for 4,606 yards and 24 touchdowns.