Deadline looms for safety-needy teams to claim Lewis

Safety Michael Lewis, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday after asking to be let go following his demotion from the starting lineup, remains on waivers until late Tuesday afternoon.

It isn't known if any claims have been put in, but several teams are in need of safety help after a rash of injuries last weekend.

If claimed, a team would have to pick up the remainder of Lewis's $1.7 million contract.

Lewis, who started San Francisco's first three games, left the team Friday after rookie Taylor Mays was promoted into the starting lineup at Lewis' expense.

Lewis, 30, has started all 50 games in which he has appeared with the 49ers. He took a pay cut to remain with San Francisco for a fourth season. He played his first five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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