The former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is going from french fries to French Canada after signing a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes yesterday, according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com.
Johnson signed a contract for base pay in the CFL with no incentives so it looks like he wants to get on the field and show he still has it. The CFL to NFL path has been well traveled with players like Warren Moon, Doug Flutie, Cameron Wake, Marc Trestman, the head coach of the Chicago Bears, Joe Theismann,Jeff Garcia and longtime Buffalo head coach Marv Levy.
It is worth noting that the CFL doesn’t have a penalty for excessive celebration so if he finds his way to the end zone it could get interesting. Other changes he’ll have to adapt to include having 110 yards between the goal lines, 12 men on the field, goal posts in the front of the end zone and only three downs to work with.
Montreal is having a mini-camp in Vero Beach, Florida this week to get ready for the upcoming 2014 season.
The Alouettes open their 18-game season on June 14 when they visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Montreal finished last season 8-10.