CLEVELAND, March 8 (UPI) -- Free agent running back Jamal Lewis has signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.
The 27-year-old Lewis, who was released by AFC North Division rival Baltimore last week, rushed for an NFL single-game record 295 yards against the Browns on Sept. 14, 2003.
The former University of Tennessee product has spent his entire seven-year NFL career with the Ravens, rushed for 45 touchdowns on 1,822 carries for 7,801 yards, and has five 1,000-yard seasons.
"He is a proven NFL back who brings a toughness and demeanor to the game that his teammates and our fans will appreciate," General Manager Phil Savage said.
His best year was 2003, when he scored 14 times on 387 carries for 2,066 yards.
Last season, he scored nine touchdowns on 314 carries for 1,132 yards.
Lewis missed the 2001 season after a torn knee ligament in training camp, and in 2005, he gained a career-low 906 yards on 269 carries.