Nik Lewis says he’s been granted his release, is moving on from Alouettes

Nik Lewis, the CFL’s all-time receptions leader, says he has asked for and been granted his release from the Montreal Alouettes.

Lewis posted a video to YouTube on Wednesday with an update on his status and while it sounds like he was hoping to stay with Montreal in some capacity, that isn’t happening.

“I had a great three-year run, it was awesome. Things come, things go. At the moment we haven’t been able to work out anything moving forward. I don’t know if that will change in the future. I have asked for my release and I’ve been granted my release to pursue other options,” Lewis said.

“I was hoping… it’s a rough thing when you have to go through an off-season and have so much uncertainty, it just doesn’t come down to playing anymore. For the last couple of months, I knew I wasn’t going to play anymore, just didn’t find the desire to play anymore. My body feels good, I’ll always feel like I have one more 100-yard game left in me. Yeah, just one though, no more than that.

“It’s a hard day to be leaving another organization.”

Lewis, who has played in 226 CFL games and year-old broke the career catch mark in 2017, finishes his playing days with 1,051 catches. Lewis also ranks fifth in receiving yards in CFL history at 13,778, which is 2,574 yards behind leader Geroy Simon (16,352).

Lewis thanked the Montreal organization repeatedly and talked about the environment surrounding the team during last year’s difficult 3-15 season.

“We didn’t win a lot, we had a lot of struggles but in that locker room, nobody could tell us we wasn’t undefeated. When you walked in the locker room every week, you couldn’t tell we weren’t undefeated because the vibe was always good, the atmosphere was always positive,” he said. “I wish them success this year, I have a lot of friends there that I’m rooting for.”

It doesn’t sound like Lewis has anything lined up in his immediate post-football future.

“When I land in my feet somewhere, I’ll let you know,” he said. “We’re going to keep working, keep doing things but, for now, it’s time to move forward.”

Drew Edwards

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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21 Comments on Nik Lewis says he’s been granted his release, is moving on from Alouettes

  1. Put him on TSN Panel

  2. Just watched the video. That’s not the ebullient, effervescent, super-fun Nik that I have come to know over the years. Who made the perfect prediction on Raptors v Cavs btw.

    Nik sounds a little depressed. This life change is going to take a bunch of adapting. Imagine giving up what you’ve been doing exclusively at the highest levels since before high school. Nik is that rare lively personality that any organization needs, especially the CFL. I’d love to see him on the TV panel but I’m sure he would bring benefits tangible and intangible to any team on the field (coach) or in a locker room.

  3. Replace Stegall with Lewis

  4. Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 17, 2018 at 12:36 pm // Reply

    Likely signing a 1 day contract with the Stamps before he retires. A slim outside chance that he signs with the Riders, as he lives in Regina in the offseason but I doubt that’s the case.

    • I doubt he signs with the riders, I can’t see the riders needing him at this time.
      Yes he should sign a 1 day deal and retire a Stampeder.
      Nik Lewis is everything Duron Carter wants to be and could be

      • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 17, 2018 at 2:47 pm // Reply

        Thanks Johnny Nobody Asked You.

        I did say a “slim outside chance” he signs with Sask and also said “I doubt that’s the case” but you can’t resist adding your two cents, can you?

        PS. Thick Lewis ate everything Duron Carter ever wanted or could eat.

        Piss off loser.

        • wow, such a hateful, unnecessary comment

          • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 17, 2018 at 6:29 pm //

            You want hate? Eat shit! How bout that?

            Your comment was the unnecessary. Mine was required you half rate troll.

            Here’s some more hate. Die lonely, you waste of humanity.

  5. Where's Shultz? // May 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm // Reply

    ‘Need’ has never been an indication if or if not Jones’ Riders will sign a player.

  6. He’s a good ambassador for the league. I could see him on the panel… I like everyone on there, so who would he replace? Shultz? Or even at the league level and be a PR ambassador for the CFL… although the commish likes the camera alot. Hope NIK lands on his feet!

  7. Jim Harvie // May 17, 2018 at 3:29 pm // Reply

    He’s a classy act but every DB in the league must have hated tackling him

  8. Love to see Nik Lewis on the TSN Panel.
    Bring Shultzie back too…

  9. Another vote for TSN panel. Please make it happen!

  10. Why not a coach? He has garnered plenty of respect over the years, and he could teach young receivers how to get YAC

  11. If Nik Lewis fell off the planet tomorrow it would be a good day.

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