Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sort of former AFC East wideout Johnson CFL-bound


Chad Johnson's last pro game was as a New England Patriot back in 2011. His next may be as a Montreal Alouette.

The formerly named Ochocinco signed a two-year deal with the Canadian Football League organization Tuesday, a little less than two years after getting the boot from the Miami Dolphins, where he didn't make it out of training camp.

Johnson's tryout went well, according to Montreal general manager Jim Popp, who worked out the six-time Pro Bowler in Florida before the signing.

"Chad Johnson did an outstanding job the last three days," he said, via the Associated Press. "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 the CFL.

"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 had only 15 receptions and one touchdown in his short stint with New England, though the now 36-year-old wideout hauled in more than 65 touchdowns and more than 11,000 yards in his lengthy career with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"It's just football. It's football," Johnson told the Montreal Gazette earlier this week. "It's not about Montreal. It's about the opportunity to be able to play football again, something I love."

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