Bears: Marc Trestman's former CFL team signs Chad Johnson

Bears: Marc Trestman's former CFL team signs Chad Johnson
April 17, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Scott Krinch

The enigmatic Chad Johnson is back on the gridiron.

After being out of the NFL in 2013, Johnson will resume his football career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.

Johnson, formerly known as Ochocinco, signed a two-year deal with the club that current Bears head coach Marc Trestman won back-to-back Grey Cups with in 2009 and 2010.

"Chad Johnson did an outstanding job these last three days. As we added him into the mix, it was to see how he communicated with the players, how he held himself on the field, the way he held up physically, and his true interest in coming to the CFL," Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp said. "It was a total evaluation and he was a good fit. He was very happy and very excited to be on the field again and we are happy to welcome him to the Alouettes."

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Johnson participated in the Alouettes' minicamp in Vero Beach, Florida before signing with the team on Thursday.

The 36-year-old Johnson last played in the NFL in 2011 with the New England Patriots where he registered 15 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown. He spent training camp with the Miami Dolphins in 2012 before being released after an arrest stemming from an altercation with his wife.

Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowler with the Cincinnati Bengals, joins a few notable names on the Alouettes roster including former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith and wide receiver Duron Carter, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter.