Dion Lewis' $11.5 million in guarantees too rich for the Patriots

From ESPN - March 13, 2018

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Free-agent running back Dion Lewis intends to sign a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The pact has a maximum value of $23 million, and includes $11.5 million in guarantees, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

That is a nice haul for Lewis, and it falls into a similar category as Danny Amendola's reported two-year agreement with the Dolphins: While the New England Patriots would have liked to have Lewis back, they had a certain role in mind -- and a financial figure to go with it -- and the Titans trumped it.

There are usually no hard feelings from the team in that regard. That's just business.

Likewise from the player's perspective; in this case, Lewis has already thanked the Patriots for believing in him when most other teams did not in 2015.

Here are a few thoughts on the trickle-down effect of Lewis departing for Tennessee:


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