The Patriots have locked up running back Dion Lewis to a new contract, signing him to a two-year extension that keeps him under team control through the 2017 season, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Lewis’ minimum-salary pact had been set to expire after this year.
Yates reports (via Twitter) that the deal features base salaries of $800K (2016) and $1.2MM (2017), along with a signing bonus of $600K, so it sounds like the base value will be at least $2.6MM. The contract also comes with up to $1.8MM in incentives that Lewis could earn in 2016 and 2017, says Yates. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com adds (via Twitter) that the contract could be worth up to about $5MM in total.
Lewis, 25, hadn’t seen the field in a regular season game since December 2012 coming into this year, but he has quickly become a key component of the Patriots’ offense. Through three games – all wins – Lewis has tallied 146 yards on the ground and another 179 through the air, with a pair of touchdowns.
If Lewis hadn’t received a new contract from the Patriots, the former fifth-round pick would have been eligible for restricted free agency at the end of the 2015 campaign.