With long-term deal unlikely, tag expected for Marcedes Lewis

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.

4 responses to “With long-term deal unlikely, tag expected for Marcedes Lewis

  1. Wow, Jags. One of the top TE’s in the league, made the Pro Bowl, scored 10 TD’s on a run first team and you can’t lock him up to a long term deal. You knew after his Pro Bowl season he was due a long term. Get it done.

  2. carryingweight says:
    Feb 23, 2011 10:32 AM
    Very few high points for this team but this guy is one of them.


    The Jags are one of the youngest teams in the NFL but yet still nearly clinched the AFC South.

    Other than out secondary, defensive ends and Garrard, this team can be a championship contender.

    Don’t sleep on our wideouts either. I think they just sent Thomas’ jersey to the HO. If we can find one more solid outside threat and someone who can hit them both in stride, we won’t have to depend on the NFL’s best pound for pound RB to be 90% of our offense.

    Lewis will get his long term deal, just like the rest of the players who were franchised this year. Once a CBA is signed, sealed and delivered.

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