Montreal Alouettes sign longtime NFL DL Aaron Lynch

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The Montreal Alouettes have made a big splash, signing longtime NFL defensive lineman Aaron Lynch.

The six-foot-five, 285-pound native of Cleveland, Ohio was a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of South Florida by the San Francisco 49ers. He dressed for 44 games with the team and made 19 starts, recording 83 total tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, seven pass knockdowns, and one fumble recovery.

The 31-year-old signed with the Chicago Bears in 2018 and spent two seasons with the team, making 22 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles, and one interception over 29 games with three starts. He played his final NFL season with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020 and made six total tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, and one pass knockdown over eight games.

In total, Lynch recorded 111 total tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, 11 pass knockdowns, one interception, and one fumble recovery over 81 career NFL games. According to Spotrac, he earned just under $9.7 million playing in the league.

The Alouettes have also signed Canadian receiver Nicholas Gendron, American offensive lineman Donald Ventrelli, and American defensive lineman Jordan Domineck. The club also released Canadian offensive lineman Matthew Hajewich, American defensive linemen Justin Ademilola and Jacorey Johns, and American linebacker Christian Morgan.

The team will play its first preseason game on Saturday, May 25 when they host the Toronto Argonauts.