Another free agent has officially found a new home. According to reports, running back Dion Lewis has agreed to sign a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. Lewis has bounced around the league since 2011 but has found success the last three seasons with the New England Patriots.
Former Patriots’ RB Dion Lewis intends to sign a 4-year deal with Tennesee, source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2018
Report: Tennessee Titans to Sign Dion Lewis
Now that Le’Veon Bell is off the market, Lewis has arguably the highest upside of the free agent running backs. Lewis is one of the best dual-threat backs in the league, capable of breaking tackles up the middle, beating defenders to the edge, and making plays in the passing game. He’s truly capable of doing it all and has been rewarded as such.
Lewis first came into the league in 2011 as a fifth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. However, it took him a few years to establish himself. Lewis played sparingly behind LeSean McCoy from 2011-2012 before being traded to the Cleveland Browns in the 2013 off-season.
His career would then take a downward turn. Lewis suffered a broken fibula in the 2013 preseason, ending his season before it began. He would spend 2014 out of football before signing a futures contract with New England late in 2014.
Lewis made the 2015 Patriots opening day roster as the starting running back and impressed the world in his first game action since 2012. The Patriots signed Lewis to a two-year extension after just one month in New England.
Injuries continued to be an issue with Lewis, as he tore his ACL in a Week Nine matchup against the Washington Redskins. The injury kept Lewis out of the first half of the 2016 season. He showed flashes of his old self upon return but wasn’t consistently explosive like in 2015.
He finally put it all together in 2017. Initially a backup, Lewis took over the lead role in Week 5 and never gave it up. Lewis played a full season for the first time in his career and became one of the most dangerous weapons in football.