The Vikings have been in search for a player to replace veteran linebacker Chad Greenway and while Lewis is still young, entering his fifth season, it does not seem likely it will be him. Instead, it is more likely that this is a move to help provide depth at a position that is rather thin for the Vikings and add another talented special teams player.
Lewis saw the most playing time of his career last season for the Lions as he played in 15 games, starting four. In those games he recorded 21 tackles and one sack.
The 28-year-old linebacker has primarily been used as a special teams ace since the Lions selected him in the seventh round of the 2012 draft. He has had some trouble staying on the field, as he was suspended for four games in 2013 for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy and he was placed on injured reserve in October 2014 with a quadriceps injury.
Still, he should be a player who provides depth to the linebacker corps and a player that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer should be able to utilize in several facets of special teams.