Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan has reported to training camp with his teammates and will not hold out as he seeks a contract extension, a league source told TitanInsider.com.
Lewan, scheduled to make $9.34 million on a fifth-year option on his rookie contract, had skipped the Titans mandatory mini-camp, apparently to make a statement about his desire to have a long-term extension.
Lewan and his camp are believed to be seeking a deal that would eclipse the four-year, $62 million package the New York Giants gave left tackle Nate Solder to lure him away from the New England Patriots.
Lewan, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has developed into one of the NFL’s top left tackles, a premium position. And while no contract extension has yet been finalized to keep Lewan in the fold long-term, apparently enough progress has been made on that front that Lewan reported with his teammates on time for the start of camp today.
The fact that Lewan is in camp on time is good news for the Titans, who are in a state of flux on the offensive line with right tackle Jack Conklin starting camp on the physically unable to perform list due to surgery for a torn ACL suffered in the Titans’ January playoff loss at New England. The Titans also have open competition going on at the guard positions where starters Josh Kline and Quinton Spain are being challenged by free agent pickups Xavier Su’a-Filo and Kevin Pamphile.
Players will go through their conditioning tests and have their first meetings today, readying for the first practice, which is scheduled for 9:50 a.m. on Thursday and is open to the public.