Jim Popp dismisses contact with ex-NFLer Chad Ochocinco, agent

General manager Jim Popp says he has had no contact with former NFL receiver Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson about playing for the Montreal Alouettes.

Receiver played 11 seasons with Bengals, Patriots

There are rumblings former Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco might join the CFL with the Alouettes, but Montreal general manager Jim Popp is quashing any talk of contacting the player or his representative. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images/File)

General manager Jim Popp says he has had no contact with former NFL receiver Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson about playing for the Montreal Alouettes.

"I have had no discussions with Chad Johnson or his representation," Popp said Friday in an email.

However, he appeared to confirm a report on Twitter from TSN this week that Johnson was on Montreal's negotiation list. He said it had become news "because someone has leaked confidential information to

a media source about our negotiation list."

Johnson's response on Twitter to the report said: "Nothing to negotiate, I'll be fast as hell and in shape (at)ochocinco."

In another cryptic tweet later, Johnson was asked what are the chances he will sign with the Alouettes and he replied: "85 % yes 15 % probation."

The 36-year-old Johnson played 11 seasons in the NFL, the first 10 with Cincinnati. He last played in 2011 with New England, when he had 15 catches for 276 yards.

Over his career, the popular receiver caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.

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