April 5, 2010

Saints visit with veteran RB Jamal Lewis

Despite a loaded depth chart with young players like Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush and Lynell Hamilton, the Saints have still looked at veteran runningbacks this offseason.

First it was ex-Raider RB Justin Fargas.

Most recently, it was former University of Tennessee, Baltimore Raven and Cleveland Browns runningback Jamal Lewis.

Lewis, who will be 31 this season, peaked as a pro in 2003 when he rushed for 2066 yards as a Raven. Since then, while still averaging nearly 1000 yards over the past six seasons, Lewis has taken on a complimentary role in the past two seasons in Cleveland.

Lewis served a four month prison term in 2005 after being convicted for using a cell phone to help arrange cocaine trade.

Midway through last season, Lewis announced he would retire after the 2009 season. He also claimed he would consider himself a Raven for life, though he had played in Cleveland since 2007. Lewis was restricted to a short yardage back last season, the only season he did not score a touchdown.

The Browns released Lewis on February 17 and reportedly failed a team physical because of concussion issues.

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