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Patriots Ink Running Back Dion Lewis to New Deal

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The Patriots have signed running back Dion Lewis, a surprise contributor for them this season, to a two-year contract extension through the 2017 season, Mike Reiss and Field Yates of report.

Lewis, 25, can make up to $4.8 million in new money over the two new years, a league source told Field Yates, and the deal also includes a $600,000 signing bonus. His base salary will be $800,000 in 2016 and $1.2 million the following year, the source said.

“It was a good feeling,” Lewis said Thursday of signing the extension. “Still have a lot of work to do.”

The 5-foot-8 Lewis has been a threat out of New England’s backfield and in the passing game this season. He has 30 carries, 15 receptions and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 3-0 start.

Asked what led him to sign an extension now instead of waiting to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, Lewis said, “They gave me a chance and that’s all I can ask for. They gave me a chance, so it’s for me to repay them as well. They showed a commitment to me and I just have to honor it and keep on going out there and making them right.”

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