Taylor Lewan not participating in team drills until contract is done

AP

Taylor Lewan practiced Thursday, but the offensive tackle did not participate in team drills, according to Terry McCormick of titaninsider.com. Lewan said he would return to practicing fully once his contract is done.

Kevin Pamphile filled in for Lewan on the first team, with Dennis Kelly at right tackle.

Lewan is scheduled to play on a fifth-year option worth $9.341 million, but talks are progressing on a long-term deal. He could pass Nate Solder as the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman, with Solder getting a four-year, $62 million deal with $35 million guaranteed from the Giants as a free agent.

“There were a lot of things going through my head,” Lewan said about his decision to report. “This is the first time I’ve got through [this]. I’m 27 years old. I love this team, and I love the guys on this team. This franchise has been really good to me. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is my family, having a baby, having a wife, and looking out for their best interest.

“. . . I really didn’t know [whether he was going to show up]. It was going to be more of a game-time decision for me. I thought it would be in my best interest as a player, more than anything else, to come out here and be able to get those individual drills and sharpen those skills because this is the first year of the offense.”

Lewan returned to the team after skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp in an effort to speed up the pace of contract talks.

“I don’t want to downplay anything, because this is the NFL and you need to sharpen your skills,” Lewan said. “We’re talking about three days in June. We’re in late July now, August. This is an extremely important time. Obviously camp is a grind. I’ve said before it’s awesome to be here, but it’s still camp, so it’s not too awesome to be here.”

8 responses to “Taylor Lewan not participating in team drills until contract is done

  1. I remember a NBA player was making millions and said something about feeding his family. Sprule I think his name was? I sure wish I was struggling with 5 million

  2. How would you know how much money you’d struggle with if you’ve never had close to the amount of $$ as a professional athlete and don’t have to deal with the same issues as them?

  3. youngnoizecom
    Jul 26, 2018, 3:26 PM EDT
    How would you know how much money you’d struggle with if you’ve never had close to the amount of $$ as a professional athlete and don’t have to deal with the same issues as them?

    You’re kidding me with that statement. Did you just imply that the average working person should have sympathy for millionaires because they have millionaire problems. Wow talk about an idiot. Ya those poor guys, I don’t know how they deal with all that money. I’m sure glad that’s not me

  4. Oh well, I guess they just have to go with Kevin Pamphile and Dennis Kelly rather than Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin. Mariota won’t even notice the difference. Right?

  5. I guess no one watched the Vrabel presser today… this story is 100% false. Coach said multiple times that they’re working together and Lewan won’t be on the field until the coaching staff and Taylor and comfortable with his conditioning. This has nothing to do with the huge contract extension he’s about to get.

  6. 64impalass says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    I remember a NBA player was making millions and said something about feeding his family. Sprule I think his name was? I sure wish I was struggling with 5 million

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    the name was mentioned and he is now bankrupted and with work experience and education (LOL on his college education)
    its safe to say that any employment he is able to get will more then likely not pay him more then 50K a year

    their are millions of people around the world who could feed their entire family with YOUR salary, but like most Americans; I’m willing to bet that you have some type of debt and something tells me you would take more money from your job if YOU COULD. So don’t blame a pro athlete when he is trying to get more money WHILE HE CAN!!!!!. because those days are on a very sort expiration date.

  7. While he can? Not all players flame out in a couple of years. Many prosper and somehow manage a decent (and relatively) long careers. Cry me a river that they can’t survive on a more than reasonable contract.

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