Lewis agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Monday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. Lewis was one of the top running backs available on the market at this stage of free agency and will now head to a spot where he could potentially be the No. 2 running back. Saquon Barkley is the unquestioned starter who can play all three downs, but Lewis' pass-catching ability should get him some work in obvious passing situations. Lewis' main competition will be Wayne Gallman and Jon Hilliman once he reports to the Giants.
The Titans informed Lewis of his release Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Lewis made it through two seasons of a four-year, $19.8 million contract, mostly serving as a passing-down complement to Derrick Henry. The 29-year-old scatback never came close to matching his production from a breakout 2017 campaign with New England, averaging 3.5 yards per carry and 6.7 per catch in 32 regular-season games for Tennessee. It's possible Lewis' departure opens up more receiving work for Henry, who technically is scheduled to become a free agent but likely will receive a franchise tag or extension before the new league year opens.
Lewis carried the ball 54 times for 209 yards in the 2019 season. He added 25 receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown. Lewis saw his total touches drop from 214 in his first season with the Titans to 79 in 2019. As a result, his total yards from scrimmage dipped from 917 to 373 as Derrick Henry took over as the driving force of the offense. Though Lewis originally signed a four-year contract with the team that will expire after the 2021 season, the terms of his deal allow him to be cut and cost the Titans just $1.1 million in dead cap space. As a result, it's possible that Lewis will be searching for a new team this offseason, though he will likely remain a depth option wherever he lands.
Lewis (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens after practicing fully Thursday, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports. Lewis is thus cleared to handle his usual complementary/change-of-pace duties behind Derrick Henry on Saturday, but that's not a role that figures to carry much volume as long as Henry -- who logged 34 rushes in the Titans' wild-card win over the Patriots -- remains healthy enough to serve as the team's lead back.
Lewis (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. It's possible that Lewis may end up being listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens, though expect him to be available this weekend. In any case, Lewis isn't likely to see heavy volume in the Tennessee offense as long as Derrick Henry is healthy enough to play. Henry logged 34 carries in the team's wild-card win over the Patriots, while Lewis earned only three touches across his 11 offensive snaps.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|4||10/04||@Los Angeles Rams||19||18.00|
|8||11/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|3 Year Avg||130||541||2||39||259||2||101|