Former Patriots, Titans RB Dion Lewis agrees to deal with Giants
I'm told RB Dion Lewis has agreed to terms with the #Giants on a 1-year deal, per source.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 23, 2020
Lewis, 29, spent the past two seasons in a Titans uniform after winning a Super Bowl in the backfield for the New England Patriots. Tennessee released the diminutive rusher nearly two weeks ago ahead of free agency after the 5-foot-8 Lewis signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the AFC South franchise in March 2018.
Lewis saw his role in the Titans’ backfield diminish as running back Derrick Henry grew into his stardom. Lewis’ carries between 2018 and 2019 were cut by almost 100 and he rushed for 209 yards a year removed from gaining 517 yards on the ground and 400 more through the air. He should get more work with the Giants.
The Philadelphia Eagles first selected Lewis in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh (he grew up in the New York–New Jersey area), where he played for two seasons before being traded and released by a pair of clubs.
Lewis, before coming to the Giants, made his breakthrough in the professional ranks with the Patriots, eventually rushing for nearly 900 yards and scoring six touchdowns in the 2017 campaign (which ended up with a Super Bowl loss to his former club, the Eagles).
Lewis paired that third, best season with the Pats to his contract with Tennessee to share carries in the backfield with Henry. Now Lewis will join the Giants’ backfield, which obviously includes powerhouse rusher Saquon Barkley.
The Giants can expect some championship-caliber veteranship from Lewis to mentor the 23-year-old Pro-Bowler.