Mangini addresses Jamal Lewis rumors
September, 5, 2009
By James Walker | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
CLEVELAND -- Although Eric Mangini had nothing new to offer about his quarterback situation Saturday, the Browns head coach was able to publicly put an end to the speculation surrounding veteran running back Jamal Lewis.
There were rumors and reports circulating over the past 24 hours that Lewis would be released by the Browns. He turned 30 this summer and is coming off ankle surgery.
But based on the team’s roster and an offseason bonus paid to Lewis, cutting the team’s leading rusher in 2008 didn’t add up. Therefore, when the 6 p.m. cut deadline passed, Lewis was still on the roster as the Cleveland’s starting tailback entering the regular season.
"One thing that happens during any transitional time in the league is there’s always speculation," Mangini said. "I think Jamal has a lot to contribute, and I’m looking forward to seeing him as we go through the season."
Mangini added that Lewis' work ethic and ability to mentor younger running backs are two major pluses. Lewis has helped tutor rookie tailback James Davis, who put together a great preseason and is expected to team with Lewis as Cleveland’s primary rushers this year.