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Argonauts add former NFLer Bethel Johnson

The Toronto Argonauts added depth Monday, signing two-time Super Bowl champion and one-time New England Patriots receiver/kick-returner Bethel Johnson.

2-time Super Bowl champion expected to challenge for starting job

The Toronto Argonauts are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle by luring former National Football League receiver/kick-returner Bethel Johnson.

The two-time Super Bowl champion, who posted a league-best 28.2-yard kickoff return average as a rookie in 2003, signed with the Argos on Monday.

"Bethel Johnson is a speedy and athletic 'deep threat' receiver who is also an accomplished return man," Greg Mohns, the Canadian Football League team's assistant general manager, said in a statement. "He should give us great depth and we expect him to come in and challenge for a starting position."

Johnson spent three seasons with the New England Patriots (2003-'05) after being selected in the second round of the NFL draft out of Texas A&M.

The Patriots dealt Johnson to New Orleans on June 5, 2006, for defensive tackle Jonathan Sullivan.

Johnson attended the Saints camp but was released because of a knee injury. He then signed with Minnesota and appeared in 11 games with the Vikings.

Johnson went to training camp last year with Houston before being released prior to the start of the season.

With files from the Canadian Press

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