During the entire Cleveland Browns coaching search, there was no bigger proponent for Hue Jackson than long-time Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson. It appears that Johnson's loyalty to his former coach has paid off as the man once known as "Ocho Cinco" says he'll be in Berea to help coach the Browns, sharing the news first with his 3.5 million Twitter followers.
While known mostly for his touchdown celebrations, Johnson had one heck of a career in the NFL, making six Pro Bowls over an 11-year span, hauling in 67 touchdowns and amassing more than 11,000 through the air. Spending the majority of his career in Cincinnait (alongside Jackson, then a wide receivers coach), Johnson was in the NFL as recent as 2012 with the Miami Dolphins, but has recently shown a bit of an itch on Twitter.
While it's great to see that a receiver-based job with the Browns comes ahead of knitting, this move may come as little surprise. It wasn't long ago, when Jackson was with Oakland, that the coach referred to the highlight-friendly wide receiver as a "son." When the Browns were in search of (yet another) head coach this past winter, it was Johnson who was banging the drum for the Browns to add his former mentor.
The two men apparently kept in touch through the spring, with Johnson updating fans on each meeting.
Whatever your thoughts are of Johnson from his time spent largely as a rival of the Cleveland Browns, there's little denying his abilities on the field. The Browns front office recently added a slew of receivers to join an already inexperienced group that features former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, so any help—even if it's of the temporary variety—would be a plus for kids like Corey Coleman. At the very least, Berea will be a bit more entertaining because of it.
The team has yet to confirm this hiring.