The Cleveland Browns today acquired running back Dion Lewis from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for linebacker Emmanuel Acho.
“Dion is a back who runs with very good quickness and vision,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “He is a promising young player who will add depth, which is extremely important at that position.” “Dion had an extremely productive college career and responded well in his limited chances with the Eagles,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner.
“We felt this would be a good opportunity for him and us, and we are happy that Dion is now a member of the Browns.”
Originally drafted by Philadelphia in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2011 draft, Lewis has appeared in 24 regular season contests as a reserve. He has totaled 171 rushing yards on 36 attempts (4.8 avg.) and two touchdowns and three receptions for 21 yards. In addition, he has returned 32 kickoffs for 702 yards with a 21.9-yard average. In 2012, he appeared in nine games and totaled 69 rushing yards with one score.
A two-year letterman at the University of Pittsburgh (2009-10), Lewis broke Tony Dorsett’s freshman rushing record with 1,799 yards and tied Dorsett for the school freshman record with 10 100-yard rushing performances. Lewis’ rushing total ranked third in the nation in 2009 and was the second-highest single-season total by a Panther in school history
. He added 17 rushing touchdowns en route to being named the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. As a sophomore, he led the team with 1,061 rushing yards with 13 touchdowns
. Despite playing just two years, Lewis finished his career fourth on the Panthers’ all-time rushing list with 2,860 yards. Born September 27, 1990, the 5-8, 190-pound Lewis is a native of Albany, New York and attended Albany High School and later transferred to Albany Academy.
He also attended Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey before enrolling at Pitt.
Acho was drafted by Cleveland in the sixth round (204th overall) of the 2012 draft with a compensatory pick. He sustained a knee injury during the preseason and missed the entire regular season on injured reserve.