Chad Johnson is an NFL coach ... telling TMZ Sports he has been hired by the Cleveland Browns as an assistant wide receivers coach for training camp.
Johnson says he asked his former Bengals, and current Browns head coach, Hue Jackson, for a coaching job ... and to Chad's surprise, H.J. said yes.
Chad says he will be in Cleveland on July 28th, ready to coach. We're told the gig is just for training camp ... as of now.
However, it sounds like Chad has bigger plans ... telling us, "I'm not leaving!"
FYI -- Johnson played 11 seasons in the NFL ... but hasn't been involved in the league since 2011.
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