Pay per head sportsbooks were very surprised to learn that Chad Johnson, former NFL star, will work out with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes on Tuesday.
Jim Popp, Alouettes general manager, issued a statement on Saturday saying that recently, contract talks “have escalated” between Johnson and the team. Pay per head sportsbooks know that Johnson, who was formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, did not play in the NFL since the 2011 season.
“We do expect to meet with Chad Johnson and work him out in Vero Beach, Fla. this week,” Popp said in the statement.
“Talks did take place and have escalated over the last week.”
Later on Saturday, Johnson took to Twitter and confirmed that on Tuesday he will work out for the Alouettes, and price per head services were very excited to learn about this.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that the Miami Dolphins released 36-year-old Johnson in August 2012 after the six-time Pro Bowl WR was arrested for allegedly head-butting Evelyn Lozada, his then-wife, in an incident that apparently proved to be very problematic for the player and his career.
The player was released from jail in June after serving a week of a 30-day term for a probation violation.
Johnson – the flamboyant player who was a huge favourite with pay per head sportsbooks – did not play with another team since being cut off by the Dolphins, despite his ongoing attempts to resurrect his career in the league. The player had seven 1,000-yard seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and was also a member of the New England Patriots team that made it to the Super Bowl XLVI after the 2011 season.
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Last season, Montreal went 8-10 and are looking for their first Grey Cup since 2010, when they won their second consecutive championship, and pay per head sportsbooks can’t wait to see how the team will do this time around.
Pay per head sportsbooks are very eager to see if Johnson will indeed join the Alouettes, and will closely follow developments on the player.