Marcedes Lewis will report to Jaguars, end holdout


When the Jaguars slapped the franchise tag on tight end Marcedes Lewis, he made an odd decision: He signed the one-year tender offer, but decided to hold out from training camp anyway.

But after giving it some thought, Lewis has decided to end his holdout and show up to camp on Monday. Lewis told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union that he’s not happy about playing this season on a one-year, $7.3 million contract, but he’ll do it if he has to.

“Basically they still are negotiating but I’m tired of not being with my team! And I need to be there…” Lewis said via text message.

Lewis was placed on the reserve/did not report list when he didn’t show up, and Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said he thinks the team will fine Lewis for his failure to report. At $30,000 a day, Lewis could be fined $90,000 for missing three days.

Which means that for his objection to playing this year for $7.3 million, he’s now set to play this year for $7.2 million.

5 responses to “Marcedes Lewis will report to Jaguars, end holdout

  1. Marcedes will get a long term deal. Gene Smith is just trying to get the free agents since there is only a short window this free agency period. Especially with Blaine Gabbert eventually taking over, a TE is a young QB’s best friend.

  2. Jaguars will reach a deal with Marcedes, he is a quality ball player and great person/teammate. As a player he is one of the best run blocking tight ends in the league and he is a big target with great hands for Garrard, and in the future, Gabbert.

    After the CBA was agreed on Gene Smith and company had to focus on free agency and improving the defense, now the defense is set, the focus will be on rewarding Lewis… one of the team’s very few successful first round drafts picks.

  3. Finally the Jags aren’t giving huge contracts to players who just finished their best season last year. Lewis exploded last year. Before that?

    Nice Gene!

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