Montreal Alouettes to meet with Chad Johnson

AP

Out of the NFL since 2012, Chad Johnson is drawing interest from a Canadian Football League club.

The Montreal Alouettes will work out the 36-year-old Johnson next week at their minicamp in Vero Beach, Florida, club G.M. Jim Popp said Saturday, according to the team’s website.

Popp also said that talks with Johnson “have escalated over the last week,” according to the club.

Via his verified Twitter account on Friday, Johnson indicated he would be working out with Montreal.

Johnson has been out of the NFL since the Dolphins released him in August 2012 after he was arrested and charged with head-butting then-wife Evelyn Lozada. He pled no contest, but was jailed for seven days after angering a judge with his courtroom conduct.

Johnson has hauled in 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns in his NFL career. He played 10 seasons in Cincinnati (2001-2010), then joined New England for the 2011 campaign.