August 10, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson (85) is defended by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Anthony Gaitor (26) during the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Chad Johnson still holding out hope for NFL return

Chad Johnson hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2011, yet the former superstar wideout has not given up on returning to the NFL, according to ESPN’s James Walker.

Former six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson is currently in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes. But according to Johnson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, the 36-year old receiver is still hopeful for one more chance to return to the NFL.


“If they did [call], he would jump for it,” Rosenhaus told Wednesday at Dolphins camp. “Of course, he would love it. But right now, he’s operating as a Canadian Football League player. We will see what happens. It’s not like we’re holding our breath that he’s going to play in the NFL. But he’s trying. That’s the goal.”

Johnson’s last NFL shot came with the Miami Dolphins in 2012, but he was released prior to the season following a domestic dispute with his then-wife.

As Walker noted, Johnson is currently in the CFL. He has just four receptions and 78 yards five games into the league’s season.

While it’s hard to fault Johnson for holding out hope, it seems extremely unlikely that an NFL team will scoop him up. He’s 36 and wasn’t even great in his final NFL stint years ago, catching just 15 balls in 15 games for the New England Patriots in 2011.

Still, it would be great for many fans to see the energetic Johnson get one more shot.

Johnson has 776 catches for 11,059 yards and 82 touchdowns in 11 NFL seasons.

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