MONTREAL (AP) — Former NFL star Chad Johnson will make his return to the gridiron in the Canadian Football League.
The veteran receiver signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes
on Thursday after impressing team officials at a minicamp in Vero
Beach, Fla. He last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with
"Chad Johnson did an outstanding job the last three days," Alouettes
general manager Jim Popp said in a statement. "As we added him into the
mix, it was to see how he communicated with the players, how he held
himself, the way he physically held up, his true interest in coming to
"It was a total evaluation so that it's a good fit. He was very happy
and very excited to be on the field again and we are happy to welcome
him to the Alouettes."
Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco, spent most of his
11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 166 career games, the
six-time Pro Bowler caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67
He was in training camp in 2012 with the Miami Dolphins — his hometown
team — but his contract was terminated one day after he was charged
with misdemeanor domestic battery.
A plea deal was eventually worked out, but after a probation violation
Johnson wound up going to jail for a few days after a judge objected to
the way he slapped his lawyer on the backside in celebration.
Montreal already has a solid core of receivers in Duron Carter, S.J.
Green and Jamel Richardson. The Alouettes will hold a training camp in
June and open their regular season at Calgary on June 28.
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