Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan is skipping the club’s mandatory mini-camp this week as he awaits a long-term contract extension from the club.
Lewan, who had been with Tennessee for a good part of the off-season, was not present last week during the final open media session of Titans OTAs. He is scheduled to make $9.34 million this year in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, as the Titans chose to exercise his option last year.
“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,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said. “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.”
Coach Mike Vrabel said he would leave the contract issues to Robinson and the Titans front office.
“Well, we all have a contract. I understand that, we all here, everybody in this building has a contract,” Vrabel said. “I understand that there sometimes becomes issues with those. I think that they’re best handled internally and that’s where we’ll go.”
Lewan said two weeks ago that he was focused on playing football and not overly concerned about the contract situation.”
“When it comes to this kind of stuff, that’s why I have an agent. I don’t give them three percent to sit on their (expletive). I’m being serious,” Lewan said two weeks ago. “If they want to go, and Jon wants to call and they want to have a conversation, I’m more than willing to, but I’m not going to move forward any in my life not focusing on football. That’s the main most important thing, and I can’t lose track of what is important, and that’s playing football.”
Lewan, the Titans first-round pick in 2014, referenced the four-year, $62 million deal former Patriots tackle Nate Solder received from the New York Giants in free agency. That is a figure Lewan is likely to eclipse in any new contract.
“I’m a professional athlete. Obviously you’re going to see those things. I see Nate Solder getting the contract he did. That’s awesome,” Lewan said at the time. “Being in the NFL, I hope everybody gets paid and broke off, or what ever you want to say, get your bag or whatever it’s called. To be honest, my focus, it’s cool to look at numbers, and what if but at the end of the day, I’ve got to play ball and I’ve got to play as hard as I can, and that’s the goal.”