Chad Johnson is headed across the border to resume his football career.

The former NFL wide receiver signed a contract on Thursday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Johnson worked out for the team earlier in the week in Florida. The Alouettes finished the 2013 season with an 8-10 record.

"Chad Johnson did an outstanding job the last three days," Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said. "As we added him into the mix, it was to see how he communicated with the players, how he held himself, the way he physically held up, his true interest in coming to the CFL.

"It was a total evaluation so that it's a good fit. He was very happy and very excited to be on the field again, and we are happy to welcome him to the Alouettes."

The 36-year-old Johnson last played in the NFL during the 2011 season with the New England Patriots, seeing action in 15 games with limited impact. He caught 15 passes and had one touchdown with the Pats.

In June 2012, he signed with the Dolphins but was cut two months later after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge.

Johnson spent the first 10 years of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals. The flamboyant receiver, who changed his named to Ochocinco and also became known for his outrageous stunts and televison persona, left Cincinnati with 751 receptions for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns.

The Alouettes begin training camp in June and play their first regular-season game on June 28 at Calgary.