Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan says there have not been any substantial talks regarding a contract extension thus far.
“Nothing worth talking about,” he said when asked about any negotiations.
But Lewan, playing on a fifth-year option that pays him $9.341 million in the final year of his rookie contract, is working hard just to focus on what he can control – which is playing football.
“As of right now there is no situation. I understand that this is a business, and if something gets done here, that’s great. But if not, I understand it. That’s how it is. That’s how this game works. Whatever happens happens,” Lewan said.
Lewan said he is not averse to his agency (CAA) negotiating during the season, if something fruitful comes from it.
“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. “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, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and is regarded among the best left tackles in the NFL, and is just entering his prime at age 26. He also has noticed the contracts landed by his contemporaries. Nate Solder received a four-year, $62 million deal to defect from the Patriots to the Giants. That contract included a $16 million signing bonus and nearly $35 million in guaranteed money.
“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. “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.”
Lewan is likely to eclipse that number, whether the deal comes from the Titans or someone else, if he is allowed to leave in free agency.
When asked if he felt he was the best left tackle in the NFL, Lewan answered, “I would say from a competitive standpoint, absolutely. There are a lot of things I do well and a lot of things I can improve upon as a football player. But for me, if I don’t walk on the field and think I’m the best player in the NFL every time I step on the field, then I’m doing something wrong.”