Jamal Lewis is not a happy camper these days, and may bolt to a division rival. Lewis was cut last week by the Ravens, but right away there was talk of him coming back to the team at a lower price. Well, Lewis has yet to hear what he likes from Baltimore, which is anything more than a one-year deal. With that, Lewis is now set to visit rival Cleveland, possibly as early as Wednesday.
Lewis rushed for over 1,000 in five of his first six seasons, and had a monster 2003, rushing for 2,066 yards. His production over the past few seasons has dropped, despite the fact he did have a solid 2006, rushing for 1132 yards and 9 touchdowns. Word is that the Ravens wanted Lewis to come back to the team with a one-year deal worth about $2 million.
The recent signing of running backs Ahman Green to the Texans for $23 mil, as well as Fred Taylor for the same price (both were for four years), may put Lewis on a higher pay scale if he continues to explore the market. Cleveland’s top running back in Ruben Droughns, who last season ran for 758 yards and four touchdowns while battling ankle problems. He is due a roster bonus later this week, which means that if the Browns and Lewis can strike a deal, Droughns may find himself playing elsewhere in 2007.