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Chad Johnson joins CFL's Montreal Alouettes

Chad Johnson has found a new home north of the border.

The former NFL receiver signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes:

After a celebrated 10-year run with the Cincinnati Bengals and brief stints with the Patriots and Dolphins, Johnson hasn't played a pro snap since August 2012, when he was released by Miami on the heels of a domestic violence incident involving his now ex-wife.

He's generated zero interest on the NFL's open market, but Alouettes general manager Jim Popp sees a use for the 36-year-old pass-catcher, telling The Associated Press on Tuesday: "He's in great shape. He wants to play and we'll see how things are."

The team gushed over the move in a Thursday press release: "Johnson se joint aux Alouettes après avoir passé 11 saisons dans la NFL, dont les dix première avec les Bengals de Cincinnati. Le receveur élite a cumulé 11 059 verges sur réception en carrière, ce qui le place au 30e rang de tous les temps dans la NFL. Il a également capté 766 passes en plus d'inscrire 67 majeurs. Il a conservé une moyenne de 14,4 verges par attrapé en 166 matchs chez nos voisins du Sud."

You might recall that Popp made waves last April, inviting Tim Tebow to compete for Montreal's starting quarterback job. That circus never came to town, but the Ochocinco parade has arrived.

And the excitement is palpable:

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