Tennessee Titans pick up Taylor Lewan’s 2018 fifth-year option
With the option deadline looming, the Tennessee Titans picked up Taylor Lewan’s fifth-year option for the 2017 season.
There was a lot of talk this offseason about the Tennessee Titans extending Taylor Lewan with a big contract, especially with the team holding onto a lot of cap space even with free agency done. While a full contract extension hasn’t been taken care of, the Titans did pick up Lewan’s fifth-year option, which will keep him with the team at least past 2018.
While picking up the option doesn’t rule out the Titans extending him long-term in the near future, it probably won’t come this offseason. The Titans have the money at this moment to pull it off, but they’re likely just guarding themselves in case something goes terribly wrong during the 2017 season.
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A consistent, feisty presence on the Titans offensive line since he was drafted in 2014, Lewan made his first Pro Bowl in 2016 on the back of an outstanding season. With All-Pro rookie Jack Conklin as his bookend tackle, the two led what was arguably the best offensive line in football last season.
The Titans have a lot of cap space available, but they haven’t splashed in free agency the last two years in the way that many believed they would. What they’ve done, though, is set themselves up to extend their best core players with big contracts. Marcus Mariota, Taylor Lewan, Jack Conklin, Avery Williamson, and others won’t be getting away under Jon Robinson’s watch.
For now, the Titans will at least have their great left and right tackles for the next two years together. The Titans’ young collection of really good players should have fans very excited for the future. With a bevy of cap space available and the team’s morale at a nearly all-time high, the team’s core should remain intact as they head into an exciting time in Tennessee Titans history.