Patriots

Patriots

Patriots running back Dion Lewis has come out of nowhere and become a key part of the team's offense in 2015.

The Patriots signed Lewis to a contract extension through the 2017 season on Thursday.

But isn't it a bit early for Lewis and the Patriots to commit to a deal?

"If Lewis wanted to bank on himself and kind of hit a bigger payday then you can't really blame him because he's a guy whose had a hard run of it for four-plus years in the NFL," said Jeff Howe on Arbella Early Edition. "The other side of it is, he's always had injury issues and this is a chance to go out and get paid three million dollars base, five million if he reaches his incentives - which we'll see what those actually end up being and if they're realistic. But kid got paid basically off of three games of work, so it's hard to criticize him for taking this."