Jamal Lewis visits Saints

It looks like Jamal Lewis may continue playing football.

After talking about retirement all last season, Lewis visited with the New Orleans Saints on this week, according to James Varney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Florio pointed out that Lewis may have financial reasons for wanting to keep playing.

Lewis is known as a great locker room guy, but we don’t quite see why the Saints would need him.  They have Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, and Lynell Hamilton at running back.

In theory, Lewis could help in short-yardage situations.  But he’s struggled in those opportunities in recent years.  The Saints need a young player to groom in case Bush leaves after 2010, but Lewis clearly doesn’t fit that mold.

It doesn’t appear the Saints made a formal offer to Lewis.  They also met with Justin Fargas in March.  Perhaps they will sign one of the two if they don’t pick up a running back in the draft.

18 responses to “Jamal Lewis visits Saints

  1. He visited the Saints “ON” this week……….Gregg, you might want to try a novel thing called proof-reading!

  2. He won’t carry a team for a season, especially not one with nothing else going for it like Cleveland.
    But he is still capable of taking over a game.
    Now, why would the Saints change much of anything? Who knows. But if Jamal is taking the minimum, what’s the risk? Cheap yet proven depth is not a bad thing.

  3. J-Lew was a helluva a rb, but not anymore. I can’t figure out the Saints strategy- they keep bringing in older, semi-washed-up players that would not realistically improve the team. Why waste the time doing this?

  4. J-Lew was a helluva a rb, but not anymore. I can’t figure out the Saints strategy- they keep bringing in older, semi-washed-up players that would not realistically improve the team. Why waste the time doing this?

  5. Give the man a job, so he can make a few extra bucks. Nothing but respect for that guy.

  6. Nothing against JL, but sounds like a waste of money to me. Saints would be better off drafting help.

  7. “In theory, Lewis could help in short-yardage situations.”
    You got that right. He can definitely get you half a yard when you need it. Too bad he can’t get any *more* than that.

  8. Not to dump on a guy who has had a pretty damn good career but all I know is that Cleveland’s running game went ballistic when Jamal decided to shut it down last year because the practices were too hard and his head hurt. Jerome Harrison set an Nfl record behind the same ol’ line Jamal was running, or should I say “stuttering” behind earlier in the season.

  9. I guess they think he can take the place of Mike Bell and use him for goal line situations, doesn’t sound like a bad idea if they can get him cheap, plus it adds depth if he has to start or be #2 a game or two

  10. Atlanta will be taking that division this season and NO will be lucky to be a wild card team. With some skill and a lot of luck NO won a Superbowl. They shot their wad last year. Lee Harvey Os…..I mean coach Payton is a good coach, but his cocksure ways won’t be enough for them this time around.

  11. My opinion of Lewis took about THE BIGGEST 180* turn over the years. He is a hell of a good, solid team player. A Great leader in the locker room, as noted here.
    But I must agree, that man’s tank is running strictly on fumes.
    Could this mean Pierre Thomas (who;s an RFA if I’m not mistaken) is being checked out by another team???? Anyone?? Florio, you out there?? Heard anything that would make this more logical than the blanked-out starte you are giving us here..??

  12. He doesn’t make sense for the Saints
    They need a bruiser with a huge 2nd effort.
    Lewis doesn’t have that and it showed

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