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OchoCinco is coming back -XFL tryout Monday as a kicker

January 14, 2020 09:33AM
Former Bengals and Patriots WR Chad Johnson has an XFL tryout scheduled for next Monday.
SOURCE: Chad Johnson on Twitter
Jan 14, 2020, 2:13 PM ET

Former Bengals star Chad Johnson will apparently be trying out for XFL, but not at receiver
Chad Johnson might be returning to football this year

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After nearly eight years away from football, it appears that Chad Johnson is planning on making a return to the sport, only this time around, he's hoping to play a different position.

The former Bengals receiver has apparently accepted a tryout offer from the XFL, and here's the twist: Instead of trying out as a wide receiver, the 42-year-old formerly known as Ochocinco is going to try and earn a spot in the new league as a kicker.

Johnson tweeted out on Tuesday that he's got a tryout scheduled in Houston on Jan. 20.

Chad Johnson

The opportunity to kick in the XFL has presented itself, i must tryout Monday in Houston, I’m excited as hell & I’m sure all will go well

One thing that's not clear is whether or not Johnson is trying out for a specific team or if he's just trying out for the league in general. All eight teams are currently in Houston for training camp, which means that every team in the league will presumably be at the tryout to watch Johnson kick. The XFL's first training camp kicked off on Jan. 4 and runs through Jan. 22.

Although the idea of a six-time Pro Bowl receiver making a position switch to kicker might sound crazy, if there's one player who could pull it off, it's Johnson. Back in December, the former Bengals player shared a video that showed him kicking what appeared to be a 60-yard field goal.

Sure kicking a field goal in practice isn't the same as making a kick in a game, but that doesn't mean Johnson can't do it.

One reason this could work out for him is that he's already kicked in a live football game before. During the 2009 preseason, Johnson kicked an extra point during a game against the Patriots.

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/14/2020 09:40AM by Rams Junkie.

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