Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Dion Lewis reportedly plans on signing with Titans

Dion Lewis reportedly plans on signing with Titans

Butler rose to fame when he made the game-sealing goal line interception in the Patriots' Super Bowl 49 win.

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.

The Tennessee Titans declined to comment because free agency does not begin until Wednesday afternoon. The Titans will be hoping that Butler can return to his 2015 and 2016 form in Nashville.

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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The Titans apparently had a plan when they released veteran running back DeMarco Murray last Thursday. It seemed to be such a disappointing end to a tenure that saw Butler become a Super Bowl hero.

Butler was an undrafted free-agent out of Division II West Alabama in 2014 and has eight interceptions over his four-year career. It's the blockbuster contract he sought but never received from the Patriots.

Butler would be a boost to a Lions' passing defense that ranked 27th in the league in 2017, giving up 243.25 yards through the air on average per game. Butler didn't play a single defensive snap in the 41-33 defeat. Teammates nicknamed him "Strap" because of his ability to closely cover receivers and also "Scrap" for his scrappy style of play.

Nonetheless, the Titans know plenty about Butler - with general manager Jon Robinson having come from the Patriots organization. Logan Ryan agreed to a contract with the Titans last offseason.

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