Tennessee Titans franchise left tackle Taylor Lewan is next in line for a big payday, and he and his agent know it.
With the Tennessee Titans in the midst of mandatory training camp, a noticeable absence will be franchise left tackle Taylor Lewan. Holdouts always mean only one thing: The player wants more money. Lewan’s situation is no exception, and it’s hard to blame him at all.
After a couple of inconsistent seasons in which he was quickly thrown into the fire, Lewan established himself as a cornerstone of the Titans’ offense and one of the best tackles in all of football. With Lewan becoming such an important player for the team on the field and for the franchise off of it, a lengthy and expensive contract extension was on the horizon, as Lewan was heading into his fifth-year option season.
Here is the statement from Titans general manager Jon Robinson on Lewan skipping minicamp:
"As we start the mandatory veteran mini-camp, we were informed by the representatives for Taylor Lewan that he would not be attending the camp. We have had several constructive conversations over the last 5-6 weeks about his contract status. He is currently under contract, and we are working to keep Taylor as part of this organization for a long time."
As expected, Robinson was transparent and implied that a contract extension has been in the works. To the surprise of no one and the joy of pretty much every Two-Tone Blue fan, Lewan will be a Titan for as long as possible. Given the importance of the left tackle position, Lewan’s play over the last few seasons and his rapport with the team and with the city of Nashville, an extension is a move that Robinson won’t think twice about.
It’s only a matter of time before Lewan steps back onto the practice field as a wealthy man; most likely as a top 5-paid left tackle. After Lewan’s extension comes the really big one that is coming up soon: Marcus Mariota’s extension that will likely break the bank.