Plenty of interest in Dion Lewis
The veteran running back market typically doesn’t include players who draw extensive interest. This year, it could be different.
Patriots running back Dion Lewis is expected to get serious consideration from multiple teams, per a source with knowledge of the situation.
This addition keeps in play selecting Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. Stewart has 7,318 career rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns and could be a short-yardage and goal-line complement to Barkley, with Wayne Gallman, entering his second year, also in the rotation. Orleans Darkwa, the Giants’ leading rusher in 2017 with 751 yards, is an unrestricted free agent.
The great need for the Giants is to find a starting offensive tackle, but the pickings are slim in free agency. The best of the bunch, by far, is Solder, a mainstay at left tackle for the Patriots, but he is 29 and will be paid like a star even though he is not a star (no Pro Bowls in seven years as Tom Brady’s blind-side protector). The Giants, after losing out on Norwell, turned their attention to Solder, who would move in as the starting left tackle, allowing Ereck Flowers to shift over to right tackle.
Solder has 95 career NFL starts and would instantly become the best player on the Giants offensive line.
Landry would make a projected $16.2 million for 2018 under the franchise tag.
Landry, 25, led the league in receptions with a single-season franchise-record 112 last season. He gained 987 yards and a career-best nine touchdowns.
He has more receptions than any other player in NFL history after four seasons (400).
Cameron Fleming, a backup tackle in New England, started 20 games in his four years with the Patriots and could be the type of under-the-radar player Gettleman prefers to uncover as one of his hog mollies for the offensive line. Fleming is 25 years old, could play left or right tackle and is considered a solid pass protector.
Chris Hubbard of the Steelers, another free-agent tackle, is off the market, headed to the Browns for a reported five-year, $37.5 million deal with $18 million guaranteed. Other offensive linemen who will not command the money Norwell received are Senio Kelemete (Saints) and Ryan Jensen (Ravens). Kelemete, 27, has 22 NFL starts, including eight last season at guard and tackle. Jensen, 26, has played all three interior offensive line spots, including 16 starts at center in 2017 for the Ravens.