Lewis received an offer in excess of $1 million annually while visiting East Lansing on Monday with his wife, Peggy. The two departed Washington shortly after the Redskins lost 27-21 Sunday to the New York Giants.
Even if Lewis ends up declining the Spartans' offer, the buzz might be dying only temporarily. Lewis might become a candidate for the newly vacated UCLA job, and he could be considered for NFL openings in January.
For now, Lewis remains the NFL's highest-paid assistant, on a three-year deal worth $2.6 million plus incentives.
If Lewis leaves, it would mean more upheaval for a Redskins club that has been through four head coaches and four defensive coordinators since owner Dan Snyder bought it in 1999.
Players, for their part, clearly have grown frustrated with the constant turnover, which led to 8-8 records in 2000 and 2001 and now has the Redskins (5-8) likely to finish even worse this year.
"I just think we need time," linebacker LaVar Arrington said. "We need time to jell. Teams need time to jell together. [You need to] come in feeling comfortable about going into another season, rather than trying to feel comfortable about who's coming in. What scheme are we going to have now? What's my role? By the time we get to a point where people start understanding it, the season's almost over."
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