The Jacksonville Jaguars have reportedly picked up Marcedes Lewis’ contract option, meaning the veteran tight end will be paid $3.75 million and play for the team in 2018.
Lewis will be a free agent after the 2018 season unless the team restructures his deal between now and next offseason.
Lewis, 33, was originally drafted by the Jaguars with the 28th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and has been a big piece of their offense for the past decade.
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While Lewis never quite translated the receiving game threat he was in college at UCLA, he is still a fantastic all-around tight end in the Jaguars offense going on 12 seasons. You can clearly see some decline in Lewis’ game, especially in the receiving front with loss of speed and quickness, but he’s still been a solid player in the run game and in pass protection. And, hell, the dude caught the opening touchdown in the AFC Championship.
It goes without saying that the Jags’ locker room will be glad to have Lewis back as he was voted to be one of the team’s captains in 2017. He’s also established a reputation as one of the league’s best blocking tight ends, which is somewhat of a lost art in the NFL.
Lewis’ signing shouldn’t change the Jags’ plans for the offseason, which should be to acquire a tight end this offseason. When considering the 2018 draft will have a strong tight end class that features notables like Mark Andrews, Mike Gesicki and Dallas Goedert, that may be the route the Jags go as opposed to free agency.
Not every Jaguar was so fortunate as to have their options picked up. As reported by Mike Kaye of First Coast News, tight end Mychal Rivera and wide receiver Arrelious Benn both had their contract options declined. They will become free agents in March.