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02-21-2008, 10:06 PM
Browns tackle Jamal Lewis, agree to terms on 3-year deal with running back
By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

NFL Gallery CLEVELAND (AP)?One great season earned Jamal Lewis at least three more with the Cleveland Browns.

Set to become an unrestricted free agent next week, Lewis agreed to terms on a three-year contract Thursday with the club, a deal that could keep him in an orange helmet until he retires.

?I said all year long that I wanted to get a long-term deal done to stay in Cleveland and it looks like with this new contract I will be able to finish my career as a Brown,? Lewis said in a statement.

He was expected to join his agent, Mitch Frankel, at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Friday to sign the deal.

After going 10-6 and barely missing the playoffs last season, the Browns didn?t want to lose the bruising back after he rushed for more than 1,300 yards so they signed him before another team had the chance.

?The Browns are pleased that Jamal has decided to continue his career here in Cleveland,? general manager Phil Savage said in a statement. ?He brings a maturity, toughness and football temperament to the team that is critical to our success on top of the physical abilities that he possesses.?

Lewis proved he could be an effective every-down back again last season. After signing a one-year, incentive-laded free-agent deal in March, he gained 1,304 yards and scored nine touchdowns. Only Hall of Famer Jim Brown has run for more yards in a season for the Browns.

Lewis came to Cleveland after seven years in Baltimore. At the time he signed, there were questions about Lewis? durability and speed, but he answered them all with his best season since leading the NFL with 2,066 yards in ?03.

In doing so, Lewis validated Savage?s belief the former first-round draft pick still could be productive. The two worked together for five years in Baltimore.

?I am thankful to the Browns for the opportunity they gave me last year to come out and prove that I was still one of the top running backs in the NFL,? Lewis said in a statement released by the team. ?I feel the future is extremely bright for this team and I?m excited to be a part of it for another three years.?

Behind Cleveland?s revamped offensive line, Lewis ran with the same brutal tenacity that helped him gain 7,801 yards with the Ravens. He underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his ankle in the offseason, which seemed to give Lewis back some lost quickness.

Following the comeback season, Lewis said he liked Cleveland and wanted to remain with the Browns, who won a club record seven home games and were kept out of the AFC playoffs only by a tiebreaker.

In addition to performing beyond expectations, Lewis counseled younger players, who were impressed by his tireless work ethic.

?Jamal has matured quite a bit since he?s come into the league,? Savage said following the season. ?He?s been an excellent leader quietly behind the scenes. He?s a real pro and takes care of himself.?

With Lewis under contract, Savage can turn his attention to quarterback Derek Anderson.

Savage will meet in Indianapolis with Anderson?s agents about completing a long-term deal before Anderson can become a restricted free agent. The Browns have offered Anderson a three-year deal and Savage is optimistic an agreement can be reached before the 24-year-old hits the market.

Anderson made the Pro Bowl following a breakout 2007 season. He threw 29 TD passes after starting the season as Charlie Frye?s backup.


tony hipchest
02-21-2008, 10:11 PM
wow. the browns do something right. im impressed. (althought this could just be the kiss of death for ol' jamal.)

Rhee Rhee
02-22-2008, 01:08 AM
i always thought that jamal lewis was a greaet RB... and the browns are starting to look scarier but i'm not sold on jamal staying healthy...

Dino 6 Rings
02-22-2008, 08:36 AM
Great, I look forward to keeping him from having 100 yard games for the next 3 years.

02-23-2008, 01:52 PM
Pittsburgh needs a guy like Jamal Lewis

The Duke
02-23-2008, 02:44 PM
Pittsburgh needs a guy like Jamal Lewis

a drug dealer? :hunch:

seriously, the steelers don't need someone like jamal, they just need guys that can give willie a break sometimes, and hopefully that someone is gary russel . oh, and some linemen that can runblock for him

02-23-2008, 02:55 PM
a drug dealer? :hunch:

seriously, the steelers don't need someone like jamal, they just need guys that can give willie a break sometimes, and hopefully that someone is gary russel . oh, and some linemen that can runblock for him

Hopefully they'll find some to in case of emergency.

02-23-2008, 03:19 PM
supposingly after jamaal got the contract he said he will be huanting down the rushing title next season.. but i think this is a good move by the browns b/c it's been a while since they had a good rb

02-23-2008, 06:59 PM
I wouldn't worry too much about Lewis. Better the devil we know.

02-23-2008, 07:14 PM
Take that, Eric Metcalf.

02-23-2008, 08:45 PM
Sure is nice to see that organization making some right moves now.

Looks like the rivalry is going to be back.

02-23-2008, 09:23 PM
the brownies still need improvements on the d if they want to competer for the playoffs..