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

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport pegs the agreement as a four-year deal that will pay him among the top 10 running backs in the game. The Patriots signed Lewis to a two-year extension after just one month in New England.

Lewis, 27, had the best year of his career last season, leading New England with 896 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns to go along with 32 receptions for 214 yards and three more scores.

The 49ers are one of seven teams interested in Patriots free agent running back Dion Lewis, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Add in the fact this year's free-agent class is generally thin at the running back position after Le'Veon Bell received the franchise tag from the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Lewis is poised to cash in wherever he ultimately lands.

Malcolm Butler will sign a five-year deal worth $61 million with $30 million guaranteed, averaging $12 million per year with the Tennessee Titans.

Butler surprisingly didn't play a defensive snap in the New England Patriots' 41-33 Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles due to what coach Bill Belichick described as a coaching decision. He still managed to start Tennessee's first 15 games, but a knee injury kept Murray from playing in the Titans' regular-season finale and the postseason.

Butler, 28, has spent his entire four-year career with the Patriots after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of West Alabama.

Throughout his tenure in New England, Butler tallied 209 combined tackles, 50 defended passes, eight interceptions and two sacks.


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