On Thursday, in the midst of the Coronavirus madness that’s sweeping the nation (and the world), the Tennessee Titans released running back Dion Lewis.
In football news, Titans informed RB Dion Lewis that they are releasing him, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2020
Lewis signed with the Titans prior to the 2018 season, after spending the previous three seasons with the New England Patriots.
During Lewis’ two seasons in Nashville, he rushed for 726 yards and caught 84 passes for 564 yards. In 2019, Lewis rushed for only 209 yards.
The Titans saved $4 million by releasing Lewis on Thursday.
In the aftermath of Lewis’ release, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Tennessee plans to bring 2019 NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry back to the Titans at a “big number”.
Meanwhile… the #Titans are officially releasing RB Dion Lewis, source said. Not a surprise, as his playing time fell off dramatically this year and they plan to bring back Derrick Henry at a big number.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2020
I don’t think Rapoport is talking about the franchise tag, either. It seems like the Titans are planning to offer Henry a big extension.
If that’s the case, it would give the Titans the ability to place the franchise tag on quarterback Ryan Tannehill, unless an extension is worked out.
Either way, it’s clear the Titans are freeing some money up for a reason.
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