Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson is making a return to professional football. Johnson, 36, signed with the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday following a workout with the team earlier in the week.
Johnson has not played professional football since 2012 when he was released by the Miami Dolphins in June of that year. His last competitive game was Super Bowl 46 while playing for the New England Patriots.
A second round pick out of Oregon State Johnson spent the first 10 seasons in the NFL playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. As a fan favorite for his on field antics and celebrations Johnson shot up the popularity charts. His schtick on the field wore thin with the NFL and the Bengals front office. Before the 2008 season Johnson legally changed his last name to “Ochocinco” to match his jersey number.
Following the 2010 seasons the Bengals and Johnson had endured enough of each other. The Bengals traded Johnson to the Patriots for two draft picks. A 5th round pick in 2012 and a sixth round pick in 2013. Johnson restructured his deal for the Patriots. Following a dismal season in 2011 the Patriots released Johnson in June of 2012.
The Miami Dolphins picked up Johnson as he hoped to resurrect his once good career. During training camp the Dolphins release Johnson due to a domestic assault arrest the night prior. The last time Johnson was employed by a football team was August 2012.
Until now, Johnson is now the newest star of the Canadian Football League. The Monteal Alouettes went 8-10 last season, watching Johnson workout out on youtube he will be a new weapon for Montreal.