The Tennessee Titans want all the New England Patriots.
Hours after agreeing to a deal with CB Malcolm Butler, Titans GM Jon Robinson and rookie head coach Mike Vrabel — Bill Belichick disciples through and through — agreed to sign RB Dion Lewis to a top-10 RB contract spanning four seasons, according to NFL Media.
Lewis is an ideal change-of-pace option for new coordinator Matt LaFleur, who surely will roll with former Heisman winner Derrick Henry as his early-down masher. Lewis is quite a story, bouncing around the NFL since 2011 before carving out a niche in Foxboro in 2015, overcoming an ACL tear in 2016 and emerging as the Patriots' RB1 last season.
That Lewis commanded top-10 RB money is particularly impressive, as the undersized back will be 28 in September and has yet to produce outside of the shadow of Belichick and Tom Brady. But it speaks to his special skill set — including not only top-flight receiving skills, burst and wiggle but more power than defenders generally expect from a 5-foot-8, 195-pounder.
Simply put: Titans fans who tired of Mike Mularkey's failed promises and stagnant offense should embrace this signing, even if won't come cheap. But fantasy football enthusiasts who were finally ready to draft Henry as a surefire RB1 with DeMarco Murray out of the picture once again have another factor to consider.