The Rouge: Can Johnson find success with the Alouettes?

Ben Fisher, TSN Digital
4/18/2014 12:11:12 PM
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Chad Johnson's signing with the Montreal Alouettes capped a month long period of speculation; CFL fans wondering if one of the most notorious receivers in recent memory would actually sign in the league, or if he was just having some fun on Twitter.

The player formally known as Ochocinco is officially taking his act north of the border. He'll help the Alouettes at the turnstiles, but will he help them on the field?

Johnson hasn't played a professional snap since 2011 with the New England Patriots, filling his time since then trying out for soccer teams, riding bulls, and dancing with the stars.

His late career numbers in the NFL were less than impressive as well. The 36-year-old had just 831 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2010, his last campaign with the Cincinnati Bengals, whom he had his most success with, before capping his time in the NFL with a 276-yard, one touchdown season in New England.

The veteran reportedly looked good in his tryout with the Als during their Florida mini-camp however and Montreal GM Jim Popp insists the team's interest is football-based.

"It's all business," Popp told reporters in Florida. "It's real. He's in great shape. He wants to play and we'll see how things are."

And for Johnson's part, the 11-year NFLer insisted this wasn't another publicity stunt along the lines of his other post-NFL activities.

"It's just football. It's football, it's not about Montreal. It's about the opportunity to be able to play football again, something I love," Johnson told reporters, adding he was humbled by the opportunity to play in the CFL.

And for all the headlines Johnson made during his time with the Bengals and Patriots, he was never considered a bad teammate. Knowing he's not likely to be a locker room cancer, his signing could be a gamble worth taking.

With Anthony Calvillo retired, the Alouettes are looking for a new star. Johnson will certainly sell some tickets, but does he have enough gas left in the tank to justify people paying to see him play?

The Rouge asks: Can Chad Johnson be successful with the Alouettes? You've heard what we've had to say, now it's your turn.

As always, it's Your! Call.

Chad Johnson (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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