The offer is on the table for running back Jamal Lewis to return to the Cleveland Browns, now the only question will be if it’s good enough for him to come back to the team. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Lewis has been offered a two-year deal, believed to be in the $10-$14 million dollar range. Lewis had stated that he would take a shorter-term deal to stay with the Browns, a team that embraced his play and attitude last season.
Lewis rushed for 1304 yards last season and 9 touchdows, and was the feature back in an offense that was one of the best in the league. He was reborn with the opportunity to rush the ball 15-20 times per game, and at 29 seems to have regained the form from a few seasons back when he ran for over 2000 yards with the Ravens. He also showed toughness in missing just one game.
The Browns and Lewis are a perfect fit, and it looks as if the two should easily be able to come to terms before he hits the free agent market. There were some rumblings that the Lions would be an interested suitor now that Jim Colletto, their new offensive coordinator, worked with Lewis in Baltimore. But unless the Lions throw an unmatchable deal his way, which is unlikely to happen, look for the Browns and Lewis to make a deal to stay in Cleveland.