Tommylee Lewis

NFL Workout Updates: 9/10/19

We’ve got another busy day of workouts, with many teams across the league hosting players.

Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

Contract Details: Seahawks, Lions, Thorpe

A look at the details on recent deals from around the NFL:

  • Neiko Thorpe, DB (Seahawks): One-year, $1MM. $100K signing bonus $850K base (not guaranteed) (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Brady Henderson).
  • Tommylee Lewis, WR, (Lions): One-year, $720K base salary. $50K signing bonus. $920K cap hit (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Michael Rothstein).
  • Logan Thomas, TE, (Lions): One-year, $805K base salary. $30K signing bonus. $735K cap hit.
  • Andrew Donnal, OL, (Lions): One-year, $805K base salary. $15K signing bonus. $685K cap hit.
  • Marcus Cooper, CB (Lions): One-year, $805K base salary. $150K guaranteed. $735K cap hit.

Lions Sign WR Tommylee Lewis

The Lions have signed wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, per a club announcement. The former Saints receiver visited the Lions late last week and, days later, they’ve inked a deal. 

Lewis was non-tendered by the Saints earlier this month, making him an unrestricted free agent. The 26-year-old has 20 career receptions, but he’s spent the majority of his three-year career on special teams. Lewis averaged 22 yards on kick returns and 9.3 yards on punt returns during his stint in New Orleans.

The Lions recently added one potential returner in Danny Amendola, and they’re also rostering Jamal Agnew, who had 40 combined returns for Detroit in 2018. We’re still awaiting terms of the deal, but it sounds like Lewis may have to compete for his place on the team.

Lewis also met with the Jets before inking his deal with Detroit.

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Lions To Host RB Malcolm Brown, WR/KR Tommylee Lewis

The Lions are hosting a pair of offensive players on visits. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports (via Twitter) that wideout/returner Tommylee Lewis and running back Malcolm Brown will be visiting Detroit.

Brown was tendered by the Rams earlier this week. As a former undrafted free agent, the Lions wouldn’t be required to give up any compensation for signing the running back. The 25-year-old has spent his entire four-year career with the Rams organization, and he’s spent the better part of the past two seasons serving as the top backup to Todd Gurley. In 2018, Brown ran for 212 yards on 43 carries, good for a career-high 4.9-yard average. His season ended on the injured reserve, leading to the team’s signing of veteran C.J. Anderson.

In Detroit, Brown would likely slide into a depth chart that’s currently led by Kerryon Johnson, Theo Riddick, and Zach Zenner. The team has also added a pair of running backs in Kerwynn Williams and Mark Thompson.

Lewis was non-tendered by the Saints the other day. The 26-year-old does have 20 career receptions, but he’s spent the majority of his three-year career on special teams. Lewis averaged 22 yards on kick returns and 9.3 yards on punt returns during his stint in New Orleans. The Lions recently added one potential returner in Danny Amendola, and they’re also rostering Jamal Agnew, who had 40 combined returns for Detroit in 2018.

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RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/13/19

Here is the latest news involving restricted free agents and exclusive-rights free agents, with updates coming throughout the day:

ERFA

Tendered:

Non-tendered:

RFA

Tendered at second-round level: 

Tendered at original-round level:

Non-tendered: 

Saints Deciding Between Ted Ginn, Josh LeRibeus For IR-Return Spot?

The Saints could make a high- or low-profile IR-return move in the coming days. Both Ted Ginn and offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus remain candidates to return from IR this season, Sean Payton said.

Rehab is going well. It’s still an option,” Payton said of a return from one of these players (via Fox 8 Live). “Both he (Ginn) and LeRibeus, I would say are on schedule. … I’m encouraged by how both of those guys are doing.”

Only one of these players can return this season. The Saints used one of their IR-boomerang slots on wideout/specialist Tommylee Lewis.

This decision presumably hinges on how Ginn’s recovery looks, with the starting wide receiver a once-integral part of New Orleans’ aerial attack. Ginn underwent surgery in October and is eligible to return from IR this week. But with the 33-year-old deep threat having yet to practice since the IR designation, it’s unlikely he’d be ready to go for Week 15 against the Panthers — even if the Saints use the IR-return spot on him this week.

New Orleans has featured a rotating cast of Michael Thomas sidekicks this season, with rookie Tre’Quan Smith being the most frequent complementary piece deployed. Ginn caught nine passes for 123 yards in the Saints’ first two games and recorded 787 receiving yards last season.

LeRibeus filled in as a spot starter up front in three games this season. He played in 16 Saints games in 2017. The 29-year-old lineman also is recovering from an ankle injury and would seemingly be the backup plan in case Ginn cannot come back.

Saints To Activate WR Tommylee Lewis

The 9-1 Saints will soon receive more help. They are activating wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, their primary return man, from IR, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets.

New Orleans will waive offensive lineman Chaz Green to make room. Lewis was designated as an IR-return player earlier this month. He has not played since Week 2 due to a knee injury.

Lewis served as the Saints’ kick- and punt-return specialist from 2016-17, primarily working as a kick returner. With the Saints waiving Green, whom they recently signed, it appears they’ll be going with a six-wideout group entering their Week 12 matchup with the Falcons.

New Orleans lost Dez Bryant days after signing him but added Brandon Marshall and Keith Kirkwood and are now bringing back Lewis. So, New Orleans is now much deeper at wideout than it was two weeks ago.

A former UDFA out of Northern Illinois, Lewis caught 10 passes for 116 yards last season. The Saints have used third-string quarterback-turned-gadget dynamo Taysom Hill as their primary kick returner in Lewis’ absence. Alvin Kamara has returned the bulk of the punts.

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Saints Designate WR Tommylee Lewis For Return

The Saints have designated wide receiver Tommylee Lewis to return from injured reserve, according to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer (Twitter link).

Lewis was placed on injured reserve on September 19 after he suffered a knee injury. NFL rules mandate a minimum eight-week absence., so Lewis won’t be able to return to game action until Week 11. Now that he’s back at practice, the Saints have a three-week window during which they must decide to active Lewis to their 53-man roster. If he’s not activated, Lewis must remain on IR for the rest of the season.

Lewis, 26, hasn’t been much of an offensive contributor in New Orleans, as he’s recorded just 17 receptions over two seasons with the Saints. But he has been a factor on special teams, serving as one of the Saints’ primary kick and punt returners over the past two years. With Lewis (and Ted Ginn Jr.) out, New Orleans has deployed running back Alvin Kamara on punts and jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill on kicks. On a macro level, New Orleans ranks ninth in special teams DVOA.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 9/19/18

Today’s minor moves:

Los Angeles Rams

  • Activated from suspension: G Jamon Brown
  • Promoted from practice squad: WR KhaDarel Hodge
  • Placed on injured reserve: WR Mike Thomas

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

Extra Points: Bosa, Chargers, Hawks, Falcons

Since the first full year of the new CBA, no rookie has remained unsigned at a later date than Chargers first-round choice Joey Bosa, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. On Monday, Bosa shot past Justin Blackmon, who held out from Jaguars camp until August 7, 2012. Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick, is still haggling with San Diego over offset language and the payment schedule of his signing bonus, and hasn’t spoken with Chargers’ management since July 28. Because he comes from a wealthy household, Bosa has no fiscal motive to give in during negotiations with the Bolts.

Let’s take a look at a few more notes from around the league:

  • The Seahawks worked out quarterback Brad Sorensen today, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). Sorensen, 28, has spent time with both the Chargers and Titans, but has never attempted an NFL pass. Seattle is still in the market for a veteran quarterback, but it’s not clear if Sorensen fits that definition, and as Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes, head coach Pete Carroll today praised undrafted free agent Trevone Boykin, who is competing to act as the club’s backup QB.
  • Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis says that he also drew interest the Falcons after the draft, as Kristian Garic of WWL tweets. Lewis, who posted 398 yards receiving during his senior season at Northen Illinois, might have had a better chance to earn a roster spot in Atlanta, as New Orleans is well-stocked at receiver position. As Roster Resource indicates, the Saints boast Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas, and Brandon Coleman at wideout, and released another option — veteran Hakeem Nicks — earlier today.
  • The NFLPA has lowered the default agent fee from 3% to 1.5%, according to Liz Mullen of the SportsBusiness Journal (Twitter link). Agents can still negotiate a fee of 3%, but it’s an extra layer of work for the representatives. As such, agents tell Mullen that it wouldn’t be surprising if reps begin leaving NFL players for other leagues such as MLB or the NBA, which not only feature higher minimums, but boast fully guaranteed contracts.
  • After being fired as the Chargers‘ wide receivers coach earlier this year, Fred Graves is back with San Diego as a senior offensive assistant, according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com. Graves had been an NFL wideouts coach dating back to 2001.