Patriots running back Dion Lewis finds a new home in Tennessee

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Signed as an afterthought undrafted free agent, Butler stole the Super Bowl XLIX spotlight after saving the victory with an end-zone interception as a last-second substitution.

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Lewis will sign a four-year contract to join the Tennessee Titans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday. The Titans declined to comment because free agency does not begin until Wednesday afternoon. His strong 2017 season - in which he didn't elevate to the lead role at running back until Week 7 - put him in position to earn it. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds that the deal will pay Lewis like "a Top 10 running back in the NFL". Butler played out the season on his restricted tender of $3.9 million. The New Orleans Saints, who considered trying to acquire Butler before trading wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots a year ago, have shown a renewed interest, per Dianna Russini of ESPN. Seattle Seahawks, Butler spent?four memorable years in New England that included notable highs and lows. After a slow start, he ended up playing 98 percent of New England's defensive snaps and finished the season with two interceptions.

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But it's clear that neither that game nor the Super Bowl benching had much of an effect on Butler's market. He started 15 of 16 games in New England, but did not play a single down in the team's Super Bowl loss to the Eagles. Last offseason, the Patriots signed cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million deal.

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Butler and Lewis will play for former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel and former Pats personnel man Jon Robinson, who are now the Titans' head coach and general manager, respectively.

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