Travis Lewis is done in Detroit. Although Lewis was never a full-time linebacker for the Lions defense, he contributed well on special teams in his four seasons with the team. Now it has been reported on Wednesday, in the hours before the free agency period begins, that Lewis will take a deal in Minnesota. His camp has agreed to terms with the Vikings and the contract is expected to be signed soon after the 4 p.m. ET free agency window opens.
Pete Schrager of Fox Sports has the news:
Former Lions linebacker Travis Lewis has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings. @NFLonFOX— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) March 9, 2016
Lewis spent four seasons with the Detroit Lions after being drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In that time he carved a role out for himself playing special teams. He was suspended once for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy in 2013 and spent the entire 2014 season on the injury reserve. Lewis represented a cap hit of $674,793 in 2015.
We expect Lewis to fulfill a similar role in Minnesota: a suitable special teams player, but probably not likely to make the cut to start at ILB. For the Lions, linebacker depth will be a key question as free agency progresses. Stephen Tulloch will move on from the team and no word has been made on whether Tahir Whitehead will return to Detroit.