Alouettes GM: Chad Johnson didn't join CFL in hopes of NFL comeback

Apr 18, 10:30 AM

Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson became property of the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday after signing a two-year deal with the CFL team. 

The move made headlines across both leagues, but Alouettes general manager Jim Popp insists it was neither a publicity stunt, nor an attempt by the six-time Pro Bowler at an NFL comeback.

"He said it wasn't about getting back to the NFL," Popp told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday. "He wanted to be part of a team again."

Added Popp: "Signing Chad is not a publicity stunt. We are a winning organization and want to win."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed to be in line with the standard deal given to veteran CFL players. 

Johnson, formerly Ochocinco, is awaiting a work order to play in Canada, and Popp estimates the team should hear back on his status by May 1, though it could take longer.

When - and if - the 36-year-old is deemed eligible, he will attend the Alouettes first-year camp in late May followed by the team's full training camp, which gets underway June 1. 

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June 20, 10:15 PM

VIDEO: Chad Johnson makes Alouettes debut in CFL preseason game

June 20, 10:15 PM

For the first time since the 2012 NFL preseason, Chad Johnson was in uniform and on a football field Friday night. Of course, the man formerly known as Ochocinco has taken his talents north of the border to play for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

The Alouettes played their second of two preseason games Friday night, hosting the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks in Montreal, and it was Johnson's first action for his new team.

It didn't take long for Johnson to leave his mark, as on Montreal's first play from scrimmage, Johnson caught a 13-yard pass from former Heisman Trophy winner and current Alouettes quarterback Troy Smith.

The catch would be Johnson's only reception of the game, with it being the preseason and his first with a new team, his snaps were extremely limited.

The RedBlacks went on to win the game 26-10, dropping Montreal to 0-2 in the preseason. Johnson and the Alouettes will get things going for real when they open the regular season July 4 with a home date against the B.C. Lions.

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May 27, 11:37 PM

Chad Johnson receives work permit, will be able to play in CFL

May 27, 11:37 PM

The wait is over, Chad Johnson will indeed be able to join the Montreal Alouettes.

It took a number of weeks for Johnson to be granted the work permit. A no contest plea to misdemeanor domestic battery in September of 2012 caused complications and led some to question whether Johnson would be granted permission to work in Canada.

Johnson hasn't played since the 2011 season when he recorded 15 receptions for 276 yards and a touchdown with the New England Patriots. He was with the Miami Dolphins during training camp in 2012 but his arrest led the team to release him. 

Whether or not Johnson has anything left to bring to the Alouettes is questionable, but he will definitely bring more eyes to Montreal, with the team hoping the extra attention is all positive.

Apr 28, 10:10 PM

No contest plea may keep Chad Johnson from playing in CFL

Apr 28, 10:10 PM

It's been nearly two weeks since Chad Johnson signed with the Montreal Alouettes, but the former NFL wide receiver still doesn't know if he'll actually be allowed to play in the CFL. In order to play in Canada, Johnson requires a work permit and thus far has not received one.

The hold up likely stems from Johnson's no contest plea to misdemeanor domestic battery after being arrested for assault of his then-wife Evelyn Lozada. The Canadian government can reject a person's work permit on the basis of a criminal record and could keep Johnson form joining the Alouettes.

Apr 17, 1:51 PM

Former NFLer Chad Johnson signs 2-year deal with CFL's Alouettes

Apr 17, 1:51 PM

Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson is headed to the CFL.

"Chad did an outstanding job in the last three days," Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said after Johnson's two-year deal was made official. "It was a total evaluation and he's a good fit.

"[Chad] is very happy and excited to be on the field again and we're happy to welcome him to the Alouettes."

Johnson, 36, last played in 2011, when he appeared in 15 games for the New England Patriots. 

Over the course of his 11-year NFL career, Johnson caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns. 

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Apr 13, 3:04 PM

Chad Johnson to work out for CFL's Alouettes: Receiver says he still has speed

Apr 13, 3:04 PM

Chad Johnson made headlines on Saturday when it was revealed he would be working out for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.

Johnson, now 36, took exception to NFL Insider for CBS Sports Jason La Confora's tweet that said he had lost a step, prompting this exchange between the two. 

Johnson may have misunderstood what La Canfora meant, but it's good to know the longtime Cincinnati Bengal still has a high opinion of himself. 

Apr 12, 12:20 PM

Chad Johnson to work out for CFL's Alouettes

Apr 12, 12:20 PM

CFL teams add former NFL players to their negotiating lists all the time, so when the Montreal Alouettes did so last month with Chad Johnson, it didn't turn too many heads.

However, it appears the potential for Johnson to take his skills north of the border are becoming more of a possibility. 

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a release via CFL.com that they plan to work out the veteran wideout. 

“We do expect to meet with Chad Johnson and work him out in Vero Beach, FL this week," said Popp. "Talks did take place and have escalated over the last week.”

Johnson, 36, hasn't played since the 2011 season when he made just 15 catches for the New England Patriots.

Mar 21, 5:10 PM

Alouettes GM says no contact with Ochocinco, does not deny receiver on neg list

Mar 21, 5:10 PM

MONTREAL - General manager Jim Popp says he has had no contact with former NFL receiver Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson about playing for the Montreal Alouettes.

"I have had no discussions with Chad Johnson or his representation," Popp said Friday in an email.

However, he appeared to confirm a report on Twitter from TSN this week that Johnson was on Montreal's negotiation list. He said it had become news "because someone has leaked confidential information to a media source about our negotiation list."

Johnson's response on Twitter to the report said: "Nothing to negotiate, I'll be fast as hell and in shape @ochocinco."

In another cryptic tweet later, Johnson was asked what are the chances he will sign with the Alouettes and he replied: "85 % yes 15 % probation."

The 36-year-old Johnson played 11 seasons in the NFL, the first 10 with Cincinnati. He last played in 2011 with New England, when he had 15 catches for 276 yards.

Over his career, the popular receiver caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.

Mar 20, 10:17 AM

Montreal Alouettes add WR Chad Johnson to negotiation list

Mar 20, 10:17 AM

Chad Johnson might be one step closer to joining the Canadian Football League.

The free agent wide receiver, however, doesn't see any need to negotiate.

Johnson hasn't played in the NFL since a poor stint with the New England Patriots in 2011, where was used primarily as a decoy and only managed 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown in 15 games. He signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2012, but was released before the season started.

He was previously with the Cincinnati Bengals for 10 seasons and appeared in six Pro Bowls.

He raised a few eyebrows earlier this month when he responded to a tweet asking which team would sign for, saying that it would be the BC Lions. But it appears a move to British Columbia has been nixed by their head coach.

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