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