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Former Bengals WR Chad Johnson gets XFL tryout—as a kicker

Ochocinco will get a chance to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a kicker.

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As Bengals fans are well aware, Chad Johnson is a bit of an oddball.

Johnson, who spent ten years as a wide receiver for the Bengals, is getting a second chance at professional football.

Ochocinco tweeted and ESPN confirmed that he will get a tryout for the XFL at the age of 42. But what makes this story more bizarre is that Johnson will change positions for this tryout.

Instead of playing wide receiver, Johnson will get a chance to revive his career as a kicker.

Johnson is a former Pro Bowler, All-Pro, and the Bengals’ franchise leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns, but hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2011 season. He did play in the CFL for two seasons from 2014 to 2015, and played one game for the Monterrey Fundidores in 2017.

Johnson does have a professional extra point on his resume, albeit in a preseason game in 2009. He also posted a video on Instagram of him converting a field goal of roughly 60 yards.

According to XFL’s unconventional rules, there are no extra points and kickoffs will be taken from the 25- or 30-yard line.

While Ochocinco probably thinks he has a legitimate shot (and maybe he does), this is probably more of a publicity stunt for the XFL. Even if he does make it, his brand is probably more important for the league than his kicking abilities.

Johnson is probably thinking if Adam Vinatieri can do it at age 47, why can’t he do it at age 42?

Either way, it would be fun to see number 85 back in uniform.