Montreal extends No. 1 Alouettes receiver Eugene Lewis

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed receiver Eugene Lewis to a one-year contract extension through the 2020 season, per sources.

Lewis produced career bests with 72 catches for 1,133 yards and five touchdowns during the 2019 season. He ranked eighth in the league recording eight receptions over 30 yards. The 26-year-old drew NFL interest and worked out for the Chicago Bears and New York Giants in December, but elected to re-sign in the CFL to improve his stock for another shot at the NFL.

Originally, Lewis joined the Als in June 2017, inking a three-year deal which had base salaries of $53,000 (2017), $60,000 (2018) and $65,000 (2019). Lewis was able to earn around $100,000 last year collecting performance and playtime bonuses.

The Norristown, Pennsylvania native played in the NCAA at Penn State University and the University of Oklahoma. During four seasons, Lewis finished with 122 receptions for 1,569 yards and 10 touchdowns. After going unselected in the 2017 NFL draft, Lewis attended rookie mini-camps Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks, however, neither team offered a contract.

Through three CFL seasons, Lewis has 123 grabs for 2,080 yards and nine majors, he averages 16.9 yards per catch. Franchise quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. and Lewis developed a dynamic rapport which the Alouettes have kept together for at least one more season.

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