The Jaguars said they preferred to get a long-term deal done with tight end Marcedes Lewis instead of using the franchise tag to retain his rights. Lewis certainly preferred that option.
But with time running out, it looks like Lewis will get the tag in the next 30 hours. Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports the Jaguars are not “especially optimistic a deal will get done” in the next day and the team is expected to use the tag to keep Lewis. The expected franchise number for tight ends is $7.3 million.
It’s not a surprise a long-term deal is tough to figure out for an ascending players. Players may have to accept a bit of a discount like Champ Bailey did in Denver to get security in the short-term instead of having to wait out a possible work stoppage.