Dion Lewis makes a lot of sense in a Shane Waldron offense. The Rams, who Waldron recently coached for, like to throw the ball to their backs and Lewis can catch passes. Seattle’s offense will resemble the Rams a lot more than they have presumably. Otherwise, what is the point of hiring Waldron?
Lewis has bounced around the league a bit and whoever he plays for in 2021 will make his fifth team. Last year, Lewis was not good with the New York Giants but the Giants had an absolutely terrible offensive line so blaming Lewis for not being overly productive in his one year in New York seems unfair.
Lewis also has had issues with fumbling. This was one reason the Patriots didn’t welcome him back after 2017. Like Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll normally doesn’t stick with a player who turns the ball over often.
So why sign Lewis? Because he would offer several good things. One is he is versatile who has averaged 4.3 yards a carry over his eight seasons. He might be a bit less than 200 pounds but he doesn’t shy from contact and could run up the middle as needed. Lewis is a good receiver with 191 catches in his career. Lewis hasn’t missed a game in four years. And he can return kicks if needed.