Chad Johnson has received his work permit to play in Canada and is in camp with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday participating with the team in an effort to revive his football career, Shutdown Corner has learned.
In a text, Alouettes general manager Jim Popp told Shutdown Corner that Johnson received his permit on Tuesday and that he is "at camp as we speak."
Johnson, 36, signed with the Alouettes in April after missing the past two years of NFL football. The bare-bones contract includes no incentives, and Popp previously said that Johnson just wanted to play football.
In the first 10 years of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Johnson — who sometimes went by his alter ego of Chad Ochocinco — compiled 751 receptions for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns. He then was traded to the New England Patriots for the 2011 season, where he struggled. His final NFL game was Super Bowl XLVI, in which he caught one pass.
Johnson signed the following offseason with the Miami Dolphins and figured to play a prominent role but was arrested on domestic violence charges and was almost immediately released by the team thereafter. That arrest was considered a potential road block to working in Canada, but Popp said those issues have been resolved.
Now we can find out if Johnson has anything left in the football tank.
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