Former Bengals standout Chad Johnson said on ESPN’s “First Take” that he was hoping to get back into the league at some point, even though he hasn’t found a home since his lackluster 2011 in New England.
Johnson’s next date is a court date, as he has a probation hearing next week connected to last year’s assault charges regarding his former wife.
Johnson called a missed appointment with a probation officer a “miscommunication,” and said he will accept whatever consequences are coming.
“I’m going to be OK,” Johnson said. “I’m OK now, but I put myself in this situation and I have to deal with everything. With life, I’m at peace with everything.
“I would love to finish my career off the right way. If it happens, I’m not sure. But I would like to.”
The 35-year-old wideout hasn’t been productive in some time, and many teams won’t view him as being worth the sideshow.
But he thinks he deserves another chance.
“I’m in a position where I have to prove myself again that I can still play,” Johnson explained. “Can I still do it? I’m at the bottom again, like having to prove myself when I first came in [to the NFL] and I was hungry. I got complacent at some point in my career. I thought I had it right. I thought I had made it and figured it all out. I lost the game that I loved and played for years.”
It’s hard to not have a measure of sympathy for Owens and Johnson as their chances for comebacks fade, but ultimately, they’re responsible for their own unemployment.