Jets waive OL Alex Lewis

More than seven months after announcing his retirement, the guard Alex Lewis was officially released by the Jets. The team is waiving him with a reserve/left team designation, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (Twitter link).

Lewis announced his retirement last August, signaling that his playing days were over. Although there was uncertainty surrounding his decision to walk away from the Jets, injuries likely played a role. In the lead up to this, he agreed to take a pay cut, cutting his salary by almost $3 million. It would have given him a better chance of making it into the roster out of training camp, but the point ultimately became moot.

Lewis, 29, started his career with the Ravens in 2016. He started 18 of 20 games in Baltimore, playing left guard. After just two years, however, he was traded to the Jets. The former fourth-rounder played in the same position in his first year in New York, making 12 starts. He was limited to just 544 snaps in 2020, but earned a career-high PFF rating of 66.6.

In Lewis’ absence last season, the Jets used the first-round rookie Alijah Vera Tucker to the left guard. Doing the same is an option moving forward, but the free agent signer is expected to Laken Tomlinson will occupy that spot from 2022. Meanwhile, the team can carry on knowing that the situation with Lewis is officially over.

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