The Giants are expected to be looking for help in their backfield this offseason. So could Patriots RB Dion Lewis be a viable option?
According to ProFootballTalk, the Giants are among teams interested in signing the veteran back, who is currently a free agent.
The Giants have already begun targeting running backs, as they were scheduled to meet with veteran free agent Jonathan Stewart on Tuesday. They also have made some attempt to try and re-sign Orleans Darwka before he hits free agency. And they are believed to have interest in free agent Jerick McKinnon, who played for new Giants coach Pat Shurmur in Minnesota last year.
But last month, Shurmur made it clear he needs a talented running back to make his offense go.
"I have a high opinion of what a running back brings to your offense," Shurmur told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano at the NFL scouting combine. "But I also have a very high opinion that that guy has to be able to run the ball, he has to be able to pass protect and he has to be able to catch. I think the running back is a huge weapon in the passing game, whether you just look down the field and check it down or you dedicate the throws to the runner."
According to PFT, along with the Giants, the Jets, Dolphins, Titans, Texans, Colts and 49ers are also in on the chase for Lewis.
Lewis had his finest season last year, rushing for 896 yards (on five yards per carry), and catching 32 passes for 214 yards.