Malcolm Butler will sign with the Tennessee Titans

Posted March 15, 2018

Dion Lewis, after three seasons in New England, has agreed to sign a new contract with the Titans, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network later tweeted the details of Butler's big-time deal with Tennessee: five years, more than $61 million, more than $30 million guaranteed. A former Patriots executive in Jon Robinson runs the Titans front office, and he hired former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel to be his coach this year. The Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the Eagles, unable to stop Nick Foles without Butler out there.

An overlooked prospect in 2014 out of Division II West Alabama, he was invited to New England for a tryout and earned a contract on the offseason 90-man roster nearly a month after the draft. He had 15 passes defended and two interceptions that season, earning the only Pro Bowl nod of his career.

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Butler had two interceptions in 2017.

The person said the deal for the former Patriots starter carries a maximum value of $23.4 million.

The Tennessee Titans are making an unexpected move in free agency, but they're signing a player they know a little.

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The 28-year-old Butler, a MS native, went from unknown to hero in a matter of months - his now-iconic goal-line interception of the Seahawks' Russell Wilson to seal Super Bowl XLIX for New England is one of the best postseason plays in National Football League history.

Last year, Lewis racked career highs in rushing attempts (180) and yards (896). He also had 32 receptions for 214 yards and three touchdowns.

Lewis is an ideal change-of-pace option for new coordinator Matt LaFleur, who surely will roll with former Heisman victor Derrick Henry as his early-down masher.

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