Titans take care of business, complete deal for Taylor Lewan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Taylor Lewan has a five-year extension that makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.

On the second day of camp, the team nailed down the most complicated contract scenario Jon Robinson has yet to face and they can move forward having shown a premier player and a key member of the team a major commitment.

 Shortly after I reported the deal was complete, ESPN said it’s worth $80 million with $50 million guaranteed.


Negotiations picked up steam on Tuesday and he decided to report on time Thursday morning after holding out for the team’s three-day, two-practice minicamp in June.


“I’ve showed up for four years, and I’ve played my ass off for four years, I’ve shown a lot of goodwill,” he said. “This is me coming here because I want this team to be successful. I know I am on this team this year and I want this team to be successful and I want to do whatever I can to be the best left tackle I can be...”

“I love this team and I love the guys on this team and frankly they’ve been really god to me, at the end of the day the most important thing is your family,” Lewan said Thursday. “Having a baby, having a wife I have to look out for their best interests.”

Lewan did not work in team drills Wednesday and indicated he might not until the deal was done, but Mike Vrabel said the team’s timetable for the left tackle would stay in effect no matter contract developments.

“We didn't have a mini-camp, and so he didn't really finish the program, and we wanted to see where he was at and make sure that he had been working and that his skill set after individuals and the things that he did is going to be ready to move forward to go with team,” Vrabel said.

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“We feel that he's ready for that, and that's his plan, and we'll insert him back in there when Jon (Robinson) and myself and Taylor are comfortable that he is ready to go.

He also had an awkward exchange with line coach Keith Carter.

Lewan expressed complete faith in his agent, Tom Condon. He looked into insurance policies to cover him but didn’t find anything he felt was worth it.

“At the end of the day I’m a football player I’m not a businessman,” he said.

The Titans next big contract will be Marcus Mariota, who is a year behind Lewan contract-wise and has a deal, with his fifth year option executed, through 2019. If he has a big 2018, he will be in line for an extension a year ahead of the completion of his contract as Lewan was.

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