On Tuesday, The Tampa Bay Storm announced two signings, former Kicker of the Year and two time All-Arena Mark Lewis and quarterback Chris Bonner.
Lewis (5’11”, 190 lbs) spent the past six seasons with the rival Orlando Predators, and this will be his first season with Tampa Bay.
After the Altamonte Springs, FL, native finished his college career at Florida International University. Lewis started his AFL career with the Detroit Fury in 2004, and also spent time with the Austin Wranglers, where he was named Kicker of the Year in 2007.
While Lewis’ stellar career has seen him kick 1,173 of 1,310 (89.5%) extra points and 107 of 196 (54.6%) field goals, 2016 was his finest season. That year, he made all four of his field goal attempts and finished third in extra point percentage (90.2%, 111-123). He also helped the Predators recover 26.3% of their onside kick attempts, good enough for second in the league.
In keeping Lewis in the AFL and bringing him across the state, vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch had glowing praise.
“Mark is one of the greatest kickers in Arena Football League history, over the course of his 12-year career, he has always been an example of professionalism on and off the field. We’re looking forward to seeing him in a Storm uniform.”
To add depth at quarterback, the Storm also signed rookie Chris Bonner. Bonner (6’6″, 235 lbs.), a San Diego native, started his college career at Grossmont Junior College in El Cajon, CA, before transferring to Division II Colorado State University – Pueblo.
As a Timberwolf, Bonner started 27 games under center, completing 483 of 835 passes for 6,704 yards and 63 touchdowns, guiding his team to a national championship in 2014. He attended rookie minicamp with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL in 2015, but did not make the final 53-man roster.