Saskatchewan Roughriders re-sign two, including quarterback Levi Lewis

Photo courtesy: Ragin' Cajuns Athletics

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have re-signed American quarterback Levi Lewis and American linebacker Alvin Jones Jr.

Lewis went unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft and signed with the Seattle Seahawks shortly thereafter on a deal that reportedly included $15,000 in guaranteed money. He participated in rookie minicamp with the team but was released in late May.

The five-foot-ten, 184-pound passer spent five seasons (2017-21) at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He threw for 9,203 yards, 74 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions with the Ragin’ Cajuns while also rushing 286 times for 1,088 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The native of Baton Rouge, La. was named second-team All-Sun Belt in 2020 and 2021 and completed his college career with a 35-7 record as a starter. He remains Louisiana-Lafayette’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns.

The 24-year-old finished the season on the practice roster and, as such, became a free agent following Saskatchewan’s season-ending loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.

Jones Jr. originally joined the team in October of last year, before attending training camp with the club in 2022. Jones dressed for both preseason games, recording one tackle and one pass deflection, but was released among the final cuts.   

Prior to arriving in the CFL, Jones spent the bulk of the 2018 and 2019 seasons on the practice roster of the Baltimore Ravens after signing as an undrafted free agent. He saw action in five preseason games, making 18 tackles and one sack.   

The 27-year-old spent his collegiate career at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), firmly entrenching himself in the school’s record book. The five-foot-eleven, 230-pound defender played 47 games over five seasons as a Miner, making 343 tackles. He finished third in program history with 40 tackles for loss and fourth with 15 sacks, while adding one interception, seven pass deflections, and three forced fumbles.

The versatile linebacker was selected as an All-Conference USA honourable mention twice in his career, while making the second team in 2016. He was also honoured as a member of the all-freshman team in his debut season. He is the fraternal twin brother of Green Bay Packers’ running back Aaron Jones.

The Riders also released Global linebacker Jordan Genmark Heath.