Over the last decade, Jamal Lewis has been one of the most successful running backs in the NFL. On Wednesday, his NFL future came into question after he was released by the Cleveland Browns. The 30-year-old is now a free agent.
Last season, Lewis had 500 rushing yards and no rushing touchdowns in nine games. In his first two seasons in Cleveland, he had 1,304 and 1,002 rushing yards, respectively, in addition to a total of 13 rushing touchdowns.
One possibility for Lewis is to simply retire.
“I plan to evaluate my future,” said Lewis, “and have not made a final determination on whether I will be playing football next season.”
Lewis’ best season of his career came in 2003 with the Baltimore Ravens. He had 387 rushes for 2,066 yards and 14 touchdowns. All three of those stats are far and away career-highs.
With Lewis out of the picture, the starting running back for the Browns heading into the 2010 NFL season appears to be Jerome Harrison.