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.”