The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League are giving the former Bengals star receiver a tryout. On Twitter Johnson confirmed NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport's report, saying he'll work out for the team Tuesday in Vero Beach, Fla. Rapoport quoted Alouettes GM Jim Popp saying talks between the team and Johnson have "escalated over the last week."
Johnson rarely holds back on his Twitter feed, and it has been clear for a while that he wants another shot and he has a lot of regrets about how his last chance ended. The Dolphins cut Johnson before the 2012 season after he was arrested on simple battery/domestic violence charges. Johnson, who turned 36 in January, couldn't hook on with another NFL team.
NFL owes me nothing, I messed up RT @futureofthecity: atleast you'll get to play sucks you got such a raw deal!! Still rooting for you bra!!
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) April 12, 2014
Maybe Johnson can have some closure to his football career with a good stint in Canada, although it seems hard to believe that the NFL will ever give him another shot. Johnson was always outspoken and entertaining, and that rubbed some in the NFL the wrong way. It also obscured a really good career. He had 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns, mostly with the Bengals. His production trailed off dramatically in his final four NFL seasons, ending with a really disappointing 2011 campaign with the Patriots.
The CFL isn't the NFL, but at least it would be a return to football for Johnson.
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