Chad Johnson WR MIA Dec 05 '12
Free agent WR Chad Johnson admitted on ESPN's First Take Wednesday that his August arrest for domestic battery, in addition to an obsession with self-promotion, cost him the end of his NFL career.
"I messed up. I messed up," said Johnson. "Period. I lost everything. Football, my wife, the family I had, over something that didn't really mean anything." Johnson finalized his divorce from Evelyn Lozada in September. "I lost that edge when my focus went away from the game of football," Johnson also conceded. "I know that. I understand that." Johnson says he's now "humbled", and guaranteed that he's "going to play again." He turns 35 in a month.
Chad Johnson WR MIA Sep 18 '12
Free agent WR Chad Johnson is not working out for the Eagles Tuesday.
Johnson created a stir when he tweeted that he had a flight to Philadelphia Tuesday morning. As it turns out, his trip to the city of brotherly love has nothing to do with the football team. Johnson remains unlikely to play in the NFL this season.
Chad Johnson WR MIA Aug 14 '12
Free agent Chad Johnson has issued an apology for his domestic violence arrest over the weekend.
The apology comes just hours after Johnson's wife of 41 days filed for divorce. "I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred," Johnson said. "I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death. I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL ... I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life."
Chad Johnson WR MIA Jul 30 '12
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero believes Chad Johnson is the "best wide receiver on the (Dolphins) right now."
This can either be taken as a point in Johnson's favor, or one-sentence summation of the dire state of the Dolphins' receiver corps. Nevertheless, it was just as likely that the early reports were going to peg Johnson as done, so his odds of cracking the 53-man roster appear to be steadily on the rise. There's a strong chance he'll begin the year as a starter.
Chad Johnson WR MIA Jul 27 '12
Chad Johnson opened Dolphins camp as a starting wideout.
The first-team wideouts were Johnson, Davone Bess and Legedu Naanee. Brian Hartline, who has missed some time due to an appendectomy, should be among the starters shortly. Johnson, who is operating without guarantees in his contract, will have to earn his spot.
Chad Johnson WR MIA Jul 25 '12
NFL.com's Bryan McIntyre reports there are no guarantees in Chad Johnson's one-year, $925,000 contract.
The contract does call for another $1.075 million in incentives tied to receptions. Johnson offers a quickness and experience lacking in Miami's wide receiver corps, but he's going to have to earn a starting job to stay on the final roster. The Dolphins won't want to carry an aging receiver as a reserve if he doesn't contribute on special teams.
Chad Johnson WR MIA Jul 24 '12
Chad Johnson expects to have a "monster year," and has vowed to go back to his "normal ways."
The man formerly known as Ochocinco believes the Patriots' rigidly-structured ways stifled his game last season. "My personality was controlled last year. You didn't hear me at all last year," Johnson said. "When my mouth is running, it forces me to perform. ... One of the things I like about being here, that's so refreshing, and is such a weight off my back, is I can be me, whatever that entails. When I can be me, I am loose." It's likely the Pats' charmless style had at least some negative effect on Ocho's game, but the ability to run his mouth at will will hardly be a cure all for his rapidly diminishing physical skills.