Canadian Football League

Friday, December 23, 2005

Bombers sign former Canadian FootballLeague rookie of the year

He was diverted south for the last five seasons, but Flight 87 has finally landed in Winnipeg again.
Albert Johnson III, who burned up the Canadian Football League as a rookie receiver and return specialist in 2000, has been re-signed by the Blue Bombers after a four-year stint in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Houston Texans and in NFL Europe.
The CFL's rookie of the year in 2000, Johnson III led the league in kickoff return yards and combined return yards and boasted the highest kickoff return average. He also accumulated 778 yards as a receiver. He was also named the CFL's special teams player of the year and was a league all-star.
Johnson told the Free Press from his home in Houston that the torn anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered with the Dolphins is fine and he's happy to be returning to the Bombers.
Winnipeg GM Brendan Taman said Johnson III hasn't lost a step and at age 28, will be in line for jobs returning kicks and at the receiver position under new head coach Doug Berry. Taman said today's signing doesn't indicate free agent Keith Stokes will not be re-signed, but that the Bombers are loading up their offence with even more talent. "This is a very positive step for our organization today and we are ecstatic to have Albert Johnson III back with our team," Taman said in a statement. "He has great athleticism and was a game-breaker for us as both a receiver and returner. We can't wait to have him back in the lineup."
Added Berry: "He truly is an offensive weapon. With this signing, we just made an already potent receiving corps even more spectacular. And his returning abilities will give opposing coverage teams headaches trying to contain him."
Johnson III crushed the CFL's single-game most combined yards record in 2000, amassing 474 total yards against the Edmonton Eskimos on July 21.


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