After getting cut by the Miami Dolphins, following his domestic-abuse arrest for allegedly head-butting his then-wife Evelyn Lozada, Johnson is now without a team, divorced and hoping to get the train back on the tracks.
The six-time All-Pro receiver has assessed his life and career in the hope he can one last shot at redemption.
Johnson's regrets were evident when when he somberly admitted his pain and his plans during an interview that aired on Showtime's Inside the NFL.
"I'm taking classes, anger management classes," he said. "I'm trying to find out how I can channel my anger when I'm in situations to where I would pop off. How can I defuse those situations?"
The 34-year old knows the market for a self-promoting wide out with dwindling numbers and a posse with more lawyers than fans is not enticing to any NFL team. Just ask Plaxico Burress and Terrell Owens.
"When you get a humble Chad Johnson that has lost everything and has to work his way back up, that's a big deal. Because you're not getting that same individual, you're not getting that same fun guy ... I gotta prove a point," he said. "That's the scariest thing in the world to have someone that has that drive."
Johnson still thinks he has some gas left in his tank and believes the only reason he was cut by the Dolphins was for the arrest and not his performance in training camp.
"That was the reason. There was no need to blow smoke up my ass, you know what I mean?" he said. "First off, I lost two things I love, honestly. Football, I love. You know that, And you know the way I play the game, I enjoy it, I have fun with it, you know? And being married, being a husband, a lover, it was an honor. You know what I mean? And I lost that. And you know the saying,'You never know what you have until it's gone?'
"And now I finally know what they mean."