The NFL recently shared a video of receiving legend Chad Johnson trying to join the Buffalo Bills receiving core. However, the Bills tell him to be their General Manager instead. In his letter, Ocho Cinco clarifies that he does not need a contract, just McDonalds as payment.
“Brandon, I will be available to sign next year,” Chad Johnson writes in the letter. “I’m still open, don’t need a contract, just McDonalds!! Love you.”
At the Bills’ stadium, he held the letter up to the glass of the front office press box, receiving a thumbs up from Bills management. Later, Bills owner Terry Pegula returned with a letter that read “U could be our GM” from someone in the booth. While it may not have been the job he hoped for, Chad Johnson left with an offer.
Chad Johnson in the NFL
Chad Johnson remains one of the most productive wide receivers in NFL history, particularly in the early 2000s. Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001, Johnson quickly became the team’s top target. Over his 11 years with the Bengals, he set almost every receiving record on the team. Johnson still holds most of those records today.
Beyond his extreme football talent, Chad Johnson also became a favorite personality in the NFL. From his hilarious touchdown dances to his TV appearances, Johnson was a source of entertainment both on and off the field. In 2008, Johnson legally changed his last name to Ochocinco for the jersey number he wore.
After his long and industrious career with the Bengals, he joined the New England Patriots for one year. That year proved to be statistically his worst year in the NFL, recording career lows in catches, yards, and touchdowns. However, the Patriots did make it to the Superbowl despite Johnson’s (then Ochocinco) poor performance.
After the 2012 season, the Patriots released Chad Johnson. The Miami Dolphins signed him for training camp but quickly released him after charges of domestic abuse arose. After his career in the NFL, he played a couple of years in the Canadian Football League and one game for a team in Mexico.
Despite some off the field and locker room issues, Chad Johnson was one of the best receivers of his time. His personality, attitude, and sense of humor only contributed to his legend. If the Bills’ did hire him as a general manager, he would surely do a fine job.