Chad Johnson may finally get back to the playing field, but it's not the NFL. According to ESPN, the ex-NFL star wide receiver is scheduled to work out for the Montreal Alouttes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) this week.

Alouttes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement that talks about a contract with Johnson "have escalated."

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

Johnson, who is 36 years old, has not played a down of professional football since the 2011 NFL season.

He did sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2012 before the season began, but was cut during the preseason after his infamous headbutting incident with then-wife Evelyn Lozada.

Since then, Johnson has been working out in case an opportunity arises along with being a CBS Sports fantasy football analyst this past NFL season.

Johnson last played with the New England Patriots in the 2011 NFL season. He didn't do much with them and although the Pats did make the Super Bowl that year, they lost and Johnson made little impact. In fact, that was when he was known as Chad Ochocinco still.

The Oregon State alum has played 12 years in the NFL, having 766 career catches for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.

The Alouttes could use a veteran guy like Johnson on their squad. They went 8-10 last season and look to win the Grey Cup again since winning it back in 2010.

If Johnson ends up going through with this, maybe he could ask Terrell Owens to join him and create another T.O.-Ocho tandem like the time when both were on the Bengals together.


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