Marcedes Lewis ends three-day holdout
Marcedes Lewis doesn’t have a new deal in hand but he is ending his brief holdout anyway.
The Jacksonville Jaguars tight end will report to camp today, according to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union, and he could be fined $90,000 for skipping the first three days.
“Basically they still are negotiating but I'm tired of not being with my team! And I need to be there,” Lewis texted Ganguli.
Per the report, Lewis will be present for walk-throughs and meetings until the contract is finalized. If that’s the case, he’ll sit out practices, ensuring he doesn’t put himself in danger of being injured. It’s something Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester did in 2008 when he was looking for a new contract. Hester held out briefly and when he came in, he sat out practices. The deal was done in a matter of days.
The Jaguars have placed the franchise tag on Lewis. He’d earn $7.3 million this season with that. Sounds like he’ll be getting more long-term security.
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