Reportedly, Johnson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is looking for an NFL suitor. He last played in an NFL game in 2011 with the Patriots, which was after he was cut by the Dolphins in training camp after his arrest on domestic abuse charges. You might remember his tearful discussion with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin on HBO’s Hard Knocks.
“If they did [call], he would jump for it,” Rosenhaus told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Of course, he would love it. But right now, he’s operating as a Canadian Football League player. We will see what happens. It’s not like we’re holding our breath that he’s going to play in the NFL. But he’s trying. That’s the goal.”
In honor of Johnson’s hopes of coming back to play another season after it’s obvious he’s done, let’s take a look at some others that couldn’t take the hint.
10 Players That Stuck Around A Little Too Long
The team they are listed with is the last team they played with in the NFL.
Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota: His first year in Minnesota wasn’t bad at all, throwing for over 30 touchdown passes for the ninth time in his 20-season career. But he had just 11 touchdown passes in 2010, compared to 19 interceptions.
Johnny Unitas, QB, San Diego: Considering Unitas was also drafted by the Steelers – and cut – we’ll give him a pass here.Warren Moon, QB, Kansas City: You might remember No. 1 playing a couple seasons in Seattle, but Kansas City!?! He played two seasons, only got into three games, and started just one.
Fred Taylor, RB, New England: Two seasons with the Patriots? Doesn’t even make sense! Fantasy magazines touted Curtis Enis over Taylor entering their rookie seasons.
Thurman Thomas, RB, Miami: This was like Johnny Damon leaving the Red Sox to sign with the Yankees. Just killed his image.
Eric Dickerson, RB, Atlanta: It should be noted that Dickerson would have been the first overall draft pick in Fantasy Football for several seasons in the ‘80s.
Randy Moss, WR, San Francisco: He started just two games with the 49ers in 2012, after not playing at all in 2011, and playing with three teams in 2010.
Isaac Bruce, WR, San Francisco 49ers: After winning a Super Bowl with the Rams in 1999, he played eight more seasons with the Rams. But things were ugly in San Francisco in his final season in 2009.
Terrell Owens, WR, Cincinnati: Remember when he joined Ochocinco with the Bengals in 2010? He almost notched 1,000 receiving yards! OK, maybe he shouldn’t be on this list. A torn ACL ended his career before he had a chance to embarrass himself.
Jerry Rice, WR, Seattle: Making three touchdown catches for the Seahawks in 2004 just hurts my fingers writing it.
Did you enjoy this trip down memory lane? We’ll see if Chad Johnson returns to the NFL and gets a chance to add to his post-legacy legend.