Taylor Lewan's minicamp absence not a reason to panic at this stage

TicketsBar2NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It would certainly be better if Taylor Lewan was with the Titans for the three days of mandatory minicamp.

Instead, he will be soaking up fines – that he may or may not ultimately pay – as he makes a statement about his contract status. Heading into his fifth year and scheduled to make $9.341 million per Spotrac.LewanShermanSEA

But he’s in line for a monster deal that would lock him in long-term. I estimate it will go here or beyond: Six years, $85 million, a $17 million average salary and $41.65 guarantee.

I’d suggest not panicking.

These three practices are not that big a deal in the big picture, though at this stage of team-building you’d certainly like your star left tackle to be around.

Lewan is certainly flexing some negotiating muscle here, but we don’t know if he’s angry. He recently told Titans reporters there was nothing worth talking about regarding any contract discussion. Robinson's statement above suggests the Titans think things have been a little more significant.

TicketsBoxStaying away is the safe play for Lewan, as an injury here could become an unnecessary contract factor.

The Titans shut things down Friday or Monday for what amounts to summer vacation, and we know Robinson will be spending some of it in New Zealand. He said last night on my Periscope/ Facebook Live session with him that he’s got international use of his phone set up.

And Vin Marino, the team’s contract guy, could well be around or working remotely.

But after Thursday, the time pressure moves back a good deal, to July 25th, when the Titans report to camp.

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