Jets, Giants among teams after RB Dion Lewis

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2018

According to Pro Football Talk, the Dolphins are one of several teams looking to sign Patriots running back Dion Lewis.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Lewis will sign a four-year deal with the team. Both are entering their second seasons.

Lewis was featured in a crowded Patriots backfield but was unlikely to sign a lucrative deal should he chosen to stay in New England.

Butler's contract reportedly is worth $61 million over five years.

With the Patriots in 2017, Lewis carried the ball 180 times for 896 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Lewis spent the first two years of his career with the Eagles, amassing only 36 carries while Philadelphia chose to lean upon the services of larger running backs. Henry has a ton of upside, and pairing him with a shifty, versatile back like Lewis could make for a potent combination.

Lewis would theoretically fill the 3rd down running back and "scat-back" niche in new head coach Frank Reich's offense, which utilized Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement, and Darren Sproles in similar capacities over the past two seasons with the Eagles. He also added 32 receptions for 214 yards and three touchdowns, all while the Patriots employed a running back-by-committee.

In addition to Lewis, the Giants are also hosting veteran running back Jonathan Stewart on Tuesday.

While losing a step is a concern with any back, his ability to run through contact and gain yards after breaking tackles suggests he'll be more effective than his 195-pound frame suggests should he begin to slow down.

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