In 2011, Johnson was traded to the New England Patriots with whom he played in Super Bowl XLVI.
In 2012, Johnson played for the Miami Dolphins during preseason but was released following his arrest for domestic violence.
In a list released in August 2006 by Fox Sports listing the top 10 showboats in professional sports, Johnson topped the list.
In the first game of the season, on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens, Johnson scored the game's first touchdown on a 39-yard pass from Carson Palmer. Johnson finished the game with 5 receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown.
He played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 2014 to 2015.
In April 2011, CNBC listed Johnson as number 1 on its list of "Most Influential Athletes In Social Media." After graduating from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1997, Johnson attended Langston University but did not play football.
In Johnson's rookie year, he saw moderate playing time, catching 28 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown.In 1997 he transferred to Santa Monica College, a community college in Santa Monica, California. Houshmandzadeh, he led his team to an 11–1 season and a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl that year.