The Jets are looking to add some running back help. And if they can take a key player away from the New England Patriots, even better.
They'd accomplish both if they're able to sign free agent Dion Lewis, whom they are interested in according to an NFL source. The 27-year-old Lewis is one of the top backs on the market, and the Patriots are trying to lure him back too.
There are six other teams after him, too, according to ProFootballTalk -- including the Giants.
The Jets, of course, have the most salary cap space in the NFL, with estimates putting them above $90 million. And they really have room to spend after losing out on the chase for free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins. The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Lewis wouldn't be a franchise-changing player, but he certainly would be a good replacement for the retired Matt Forte.
Lewis had his finest season last year, rushing for 896 yards (on five yards per carry), and catching 32 passes for 214 yards. The Jets like their 1-2 punch of Bilal Powell and second-year pro Elijah McGuire, but prefer to have a third running back in the mix.
The Giants are looking for running back help, too, but it's not clear how strongly they're interested in Lewis.
According to PFT, along with the Jets and Giants, the Dolphins, Titans, Texans, Colts and 49ers are also in on the chase for Lewis.
The Jets, though, are in a better position than the Giants to land Lewis due to the amount of cap space they have.