Riders sign former NFL fifth-round pick, DL Jonathan Newsome

Saskatchewan has signed American defensive lineman Jonathan Newsome to a two-year contract, per CFL sources.

Newsome was added to the Riders negotiation list on February 22.

The Cleveland native earned a scholarship to Ohio State coming out of Glenville High School. However, academic issues caused Newsome to transfer to Ball State. As a senior with the Cardinals, he recorded 64 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks on the way to being named a 2013 Mid-American Conference first team All-Star.

Newsome was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.  He made an impact instantly playing in all 16 games as a rookie registering 28 tackles, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. In 2015 the six-foot-three, 247-pound pass rusher managed one sack and one forced fumble in 14 games with the Colts.

Indy released Newsome after being arrested for marijuana possession in February. Fortunately for the talented sack artist, cannabis is allowed under the new CFL drug policy.

Newsome is a long athlete along the lines of what Chris Jones likes.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.