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Michael Lewis | Defensive Back

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/29/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 222
College: Colorado
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Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo expects SS Michael Lewis to make his debut for the team this weekend.
The revenge factor is in order, as the Rams are playing the 49ers, Lewis' former team. Spags thinks Lewis has "got a lot of football left." He's still a capable run defender, but really struggles in coverage. He'll play behind Craig Dahl but will be worked into the mix with James Butler possibly out. Wed, Nov 10, 2010 01:05:00 PM

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Rams signed S Michael Lewis, formerly of the 49ers.

The 30-year-old was drafted by the Eagles when Steve Spagnuolo was the defensive backs coach in Philadelphia. Lewis struggles in coverage, but knows the system and has a history of playing the run well as a "box" safety.
Wed, Oct 27, 2010 02:34:00 PM

Formers 49ers SS Michael Lewis worked out for the Rams on Tuesday.

The Rams had a cavalcade of free agent defensive backs running through Tuesday. Safety Gerald Alexander and corners Ralph Brown and Geoffrey Pope also worked out. The team is looking at available options with James Butler nursing an MCL sprain.
Tue, Oct 26, 2010 05:32:00 PM

49ers released SS Michael Lewis.

Rookie Taylor Mays will close out the year as San Francisco's starting strong safety, with Reggie Smith as No. 3, behind also FS Dashon Goldson. Lewis, 30, will appeal only to teams willing to use a coverage-deficient DB in the back end. The former Eagle was also missing a lot of tackles early on.
Mon, Oct 4, 2010 06:56:00 PM

The 49ers have reportedly decided to grant SS Michael Lewis his release, with the transaction scheduled for Tuesday.

Lewis requested the move after being benched for Taylor Mays prior to Week 4. Lewis has a limited skill set as purely an "in the box" safety. The 30-year-old would be a candidate for a minimum-salary deal in free agency.
Mon, Oct 4, 2010 06:08:00 PM

49ers declared SS Michael Lewis, OT Alex Boone, CB Trumaine Brock, WR Ted Ginn, C Eric Heitmann, CB William James, OL Barry Sims, and QB Troy Smith inactive for Week 4 at Atlanta.

Lewis' poor run support has cost him his job, with youngsters Taylor Mays and Reggie Smith taking over. The veteran has requested his release, and it may be granted in the near future.
Sun, Oct 3, 2010 11:53:00 AM

49ers SS Michael Lewis has reportedly requested his release.

The Niners haven't granted it yet, though it's probably coming soon. Lewis has been benched for struggling in run support, and San Francisco can go young at the position with rookie Taylor Mays and Reggie Smith. If cut, Lewis could appeal to a team like the Rams. St. Louis is weak at the strong safety spot, and coach Steve Spagnuolo had Lewis in Philadelphia.
Fri, Oct 1, 2010 06:05:00 PM

49ers SS Michael Lewis is not expected to be active for Week 4.

On the heels of reports that Lewis would be benched for Reggie Smith (or perhaps rookie Taylor Mays), the veteran was held out of Friday's practice for "personal reasons." Lewis missed a number of tackles last week and has never been effective in coverage. His benching is likely permanent.
Fri, Oct 1, 2010 03:11:00 PM

The 49ers are expected to bench SS Michael Lewis, according to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora.

The Niners drafted Taylor Mays as Lewis' eventual replacement, but it should be Reggie Smith that takes over for Lewis, at least initially. A nine-year veteran, Lewis agreed to take a paycut just before the season.
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 02:14:00 PM

49ers SS Michael Lewis restructured his contract, taking a paycut and wiping out the final two years.

Lewis' 2010 salary drops from $4.1 million to $1.7 million plus $400,000 in bonus money. Lewis will hit free agency next year, but this was going to be his last season in San Francisco regardless. Taylor Mays was drafted as the long-term solution, and Reggie Smith is also emerging as a starting-caliber safety.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Aug 31, 2010 11:59:00 AM

Beat writer Matt Barrows "guesses" that Michael Lewis will begin the season as the 49ers' starting strong safety before gradually giving way to rookie Taylor Mays.

With Lewis set to make $4.1 million this season, $5.7M in 2011 and $6.7M in 2012, we suspect Lewis might not have that long of a leash. The Niners just paid Patrick Willis, and need to pay Vernon Davis and Dashon Goldson. They'll be rooting for Mays to impress in training camp.
Wed, May 12, 2010 10:11:00 AM

Acting GM Trent Baalke insists Michael Lewis remains the starting strong safety despite the addition of Taylor Mays in the second round.

"You draft a guy like Taylor Mays at the spot we drafted him and you certainly want to get him on the field. But Michael Lewis is the starter," said Baalke. That may be the case for now, but Lewis' $4.1 million could be shed if Mays proves capable in training camp.
Sat, Apr 24, 2010 08:36:00 PM

49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco suggests that SS Michael Lewis could be on the roster bubble this offseason.

Lewis is limited in that he is strictly an in-the-box safety, his $4.1 million salary for 2010 is fairly hefty, and he suffered three concussions in 2009. Still, the 49ers lack in-house alternatives and Lewis is annually among the team's leading tacklers. Look for the 30-year-old to stay in San Francisco.
Wed, Jan 13, 2010 09:07:00 PM

49ers SS Michael Lewis (quadriceps) returned to a full practice on Tuesday and will play Thursday night against Chicago.

This is bad news for Matt Forte's already difficult matchup. Lewis, who the 49ers use as an "in the box," run-stopping safety, is averaging six tackles a game in his seven appearances. He's also forced and recovered one fumble.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Nov 10, 2009 07:58:00 PM

The 49ers consider SS Michael Lewis "day to day" with his left quad strain.

Bears RB Matt Forte has not been breaking into opposing secondaries often of late, so Lewis' potential absence Thursday night wouldn't be a big upgrade for Forte's fantasy matchup. Mark Roman is Lewis' backup at strong safety.
Mon, Nov 9, 2009 04:34:00 PM

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3RB1Benny Cunningham
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FB1Cory Harkey
WR11Kenny Britt
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WR31Stedman Bailey
TE1Jared Cook
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3Justice Cunningham
K1Greg Zuerlein