Lions keep pass rusher Jonathan Newsome in B.C. for 2020 season

The B.C. Lions have re-signed American defensive lineman Jonathan Newsome to a one-year contract through the 2020 season.

Newsome was scheduled to become a free agent on February 11.

After joining the Lions in mid-August of last season, Newsome brought instant production to the Lions’ pass rush. He recorded 14 tackles, four sacks and forced one fumble to help set the tone in a convincing 55-8 win over the Toronto Argonauts on October 5.

“Jonathan was a really good addition for us last season. With our continued goal to be dominant on the line of scrimmage, Jonathan gives us both the production and the edge we want in our pass rush,” general manager Ed Hervey said.

Prior to signing in B.C., Newsome appeared in 23 games over three seasons under Rick Campbell with the Ottawa Redblacks where he had 22 defensive stops, five sacks and a forced fumble while also helping Ottawa reach the 106th Grey Cup in 2018.

Newsome began his CFL career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he enjoyed his most productive season in 2016. Appearing in all 18 regular season games, Newsome produced 33 total tackles and two quarterback sacks.

A graduate of Ball State University, Newsome was drafted in the fifth round, 164th overall by Indianapolis in the 2014 NFL Draft. Newsome appeared in 30 games with the Colts and recorded 31 solo tackles and four forced fumbles.

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