Argos sign ex-Patriot

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

The Argos hope receiver Bethel Johnson can re-discover the speed that brought him fleeting success in the NFL.

The 29-year-old Johnson, who has a pair of Super Bowl rings from his days with the New England Patriots, was signed by the Argos yesterday and will be in uniform when rookies and quarterbacks report to camp on Thursday.

"It was a five-month recruitment process," Argos assistant general manager Greg Mohns said. "We expect him to challenge for a starting position."

Johnson's speed endeared him to his Patriots teammates, and it was not uncommon for him to make diving catches.

But Johnson's NFL career began to unravel in 2006 when he was traded to the New Orleans Saints and got to the point where he did not play football last season.

Johnson played in 11 games for the Minnesota Vikings in 2006, and though he belonged to the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans last year, did not play for either team.

"I'm excited to get back on the field again and about the great opportunity I have with the Argos," Johnson said.

Johnson will be given an opportunity to compete for a job as a kick returner for the Argos.

The Argos also announced the signings of offensive tackle Ross Weaver and defensive lineman Sean Ortiz.


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