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Titans to Sign Former Patriots RB Dion Lewis to Four-Year Deal

Titans to Sign Former Patriots RB Dion Lewis to Four-Year Deal

The deal is an affirmation of Lewis's talent and newfound resilience.

No NFL running back rushed for more yards over the second half of the season than Lewis did, and only Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara amassed more all-purpose yards during that span.

That low-risk gamble paid off.

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.

Lewis, 27, had the best year of his career last season, leading New England with 896 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns to go along with 32 receptions for 214 yards and three more scores. Henry has been chomping for an opportunity to be the Titans workload back after waiting behind DeMarco Murray for two years.




Henry should continue as the team's starting running back and garnering a bulk of the carries, but Lewis can fill in as a productive runner and as a receiver.

Rex Burkhead is also a free agent. He's also been an important asset as a receiver, making 85 receptions the past three seasons (30 games) while catching almost 92 percent of his targets from Tom Brady last fall. He finished with 1,110 yards from scrimmage for the AFC champions last season, averaging 5.0 yards per carry, and created a market for himself.

While Lewis will turn 28 this year, he has not endured much National Football League punishment.

The Patriots have James White, Mike Gillislee, and Brandon Bolden at running back. That's good - but it's also a product of the injuries that have followed him throughout his career.

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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