MONTREAL - The Alouettes announced on Thursday that the club has signed Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson to a new two-year deal, following the player's presence at the team's mini-camp in Vero Beach, FL.
Johnson (6'1", 188 lbs.) joins the Alouettes after spending 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first ten with the Cincinnati Bengals. The elite receiver amassed 11,059 receiving yards, which ranks him 30th on the NFL's all-time list. He also caught 766 passes while scoring 67 receiving touchdowns. He averaged 14.4 yards per catch in his 166 career games played south of the border.
"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," explained Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "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."
Johnson cracked 1,000 receiving yards with Cincinnati in seven of eight seasons from 2002 through 2009. He also snagged eight or more touchdown passes on five separate occasions during his tenure with the Bengals.
Drafted in the second round (36th overall) by Cincinnati from Oregon State University, the Miami, FL native reached the Pro Bowl five straight years from 2003-2007 and again in 2009 with the Bengals.
The now 36-year-old last played in 2011 with New England, making 15 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown. He caught one pass in Super Bowl XLVI for 21 yards as New England lost 21-17 to the New York Giants. Most recently he took part in the Miami Dolphins training camp in 2012.