Taylor Lewan has become one of the league’s top left tackles. The Titans will have to pay him accordingly to keep him.
Nate Solder became the league’s highest-paid left tackle when he signed a four year, $62 million contract with the Giants last month, getting $34.8 million in guaranteed money.
Lewan, 26, currently is scheduled to play this season on the fifth-year option of $9.341 million. That ranks 16th among left tackles this season.
The Titans and Lewan want to work out something long term, but they’re not there yet.
“There’s been no conversation [of late],” Lewan said, via Jim Wyatt of the team website. I know that [General Manager] Jon [Robinson] spoke to me [in the past] and said he wanted to get something done. I understand that it is a business, so whatever happens, happens.”
Lewan has made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, with a combined five sacks allowed and four holding penalties, according to STATS, Inc. He wants to play even better this season.
“I think a lot of people get complacent around the time they are at my age in the NFL,” Lewan said. “That is not what I am here to do at all. I am here to take over this league and make sure my presence is known, and all the while be a team guy. That is what it is all about.”