Dion Lewis is following Malcolm Butler and other former Patriots to Tennessee. The free-agent running back intends to sign a four-year deal with the Titans, as first reported by Adam Schefter.
Lewis' final numbers have yet to be announced, but Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald says it makes him a top-10 highest-paid running back in the NFL. Mike Garofolo reported the numbers as "$20 million with another $3 million in incentives."
ESPN's Dianna Russini added that Lewis' final decision came down to the Titans and the Patriots. New England likely wouldn't guarantee as much money or go for 3-4 years as Tennessee did.
RELATED: Patriots Live Free Agency Tracker
Lewis departs the Patriots coming off a career-best 896 rushing yards on 180 carries (5.0 yards per carry), playing in all 16 games. He made it clear earlier in the offseason that he wanted to feel "valued" in free agency. He likely earned around $10 million guaranteed money from the Titans in the deal, which the Pats almost certainly weren't going to match.
The running back joins Butler, who also reportedly chose the Titans on Tuesday for five years and $61 million, including $30 million guaranteed. Like Butler, Lewis reunites with ex-Patriots teammate Logan Ryan, joining head coach and former Patriot Mike Vrabel.
Add Lewis to the list of Patriots who are moving on to new teams, which includes Danny Amendola and his plan to sign with the Miami Dolphins.
-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at [email protected].