Ex-NFL receiver Chad Johnson says he wants to return to CFL next season
Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson said he would like to return to the CFL's Montreal Alouettes next season.
"I had fun, I enjoyed the comradery," Johnson said, according to CFL.ca. "The smell of the locker room, the crowd – you can’t replace that. Once it’s gone you don’t get it back ... I didn’t come here to be the Chad of old, I came here to contribute when I could. I’m going to have a little surgery, a little maintenance and I’ll be back."
Johnson, 36, was hampered by injury this season. He caught seven passes for 151 yards and one touchdown.
Johnson was a six-time Pro Bowl selection in his 11-year NFL career, spent primarily with the Bengals. His last NFL action came in 2011 as a member of the Patriots. He was invited to training camp with the Dolphins in 2012 but was released after he was arrested for domestic battery. Johnson reached a plea deal which allowed him to avoid jail time and was instead sentenced to probation.
During a court appearance for violating his probation in June 2013, Johnson reached a deal to avoid jail time but the judge rejected the deal after Johnson playfully smacked his attorney's behind. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
- Dan Gartland