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Posted on: 2019-2-11 14:46
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Report: Titans and Taylor Lewan agree to contract extension
The Titans have reportedly signed Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan to a new contract worth $80M over 5 years with $50M guaranteed. #NoBadDays indeed.The contract locks up one of the Titans best players through the remainder of his prime while making Lewan the highest paid offensive lineman in football.For some context Youth Kenny Vaccaro Jersey , here is where Lewan’s deal slots in for a few key metrics as compared to other top tackles in the NFL currently. All numbers courtesy of Spotrac.com. Highest Average SalaryTaylor Lewan, TEN - $16,000,000Nate Solder, NYG - $15,500,000Trent Williams, WAS - $13,600,000Russell Okung, LAC - $13,250,000Terron Armstead, NO - $13,000,000Highest Practical GuaranteeTaylor Lewan, TEN - $50,000,000Trent Williams, WAS - $41,250,000Terron Armstead, NO - $38,000,000Cordy Glenn http://www.titansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dennis-kelly-jersey , CIN - $36,000,000Lane Johnson, PHI - $35,500,000Total Contract ValueTyron Smith, DAL - $97,600,000Taylor Lewan, TEN - $80,000,000Trent Williams, WAS - $68,000,000Terron Armstead, NO - $65,000,000Nate Solder, NYG - $62,000,000When Lewan was drafted in 2014, it wasn’t a terribly popular pick. Much of the fan base wanted the team to take Johnny Manziel to be the team’s third “Quarterback of the Future” since Steve McNair left in 2006. However, in this case, Ruston Webster could not have been more right. Not only did drafting Lewan give the Titans a two-time Pro Bowl left tackle, but it also spared them the Johnny Football drama and led to the opportunity to draft Marcus Mariota the next year.He was thrust in to the starting lineup earlier than planned due to Michael Roos’ season-ending knee injury in 2014. Lewan flashed talent Jayon Brown Jersey , but also a temper that often got him in trouble with referees. After playing through a shoulder injury for much of 2015 which hampered his play towards the end of the season, Lewan really turned the corner in 2016 and has earned Pro Bowl recognition each of the last two years. His PFF grades over the last four years — 78.1, 82.6, 87.6, and 79.8 — show a consistent high quality performer.There is reason to believe that Lewan is still on the rise as a player as well. He’s among the two or three most athletic offensive linemen in the NFL and the Titans new zone-blocking offensive scheme should highlight that to a higher degree. Tackles — and offensive linemen in general — are one of the positions that age the best over time. I use this aging curve data quite a bit.NFL aging curve for offensive tackles.SoCalledFantasyExperts.comLewan just turned 27 a few days ago, and the curve for offensive tackles shows most players at this position peaking around age 28 with steep decline typically not hitting until age 31 at the earliest. There are obviously outliers in both directions, but theoretically this contract should be for the prime years of Lewan’s career. That would make it an outstanding investment — especially given the positional value of left tackles — even at the numbers they gave him. Off the field and in the locker room, Lewan has evolved as a leader as well. The offensive line unit has been known to be one of the tightest groups on the team over the last couple years, bonding over Predators hockey, charity events, Thursday night feasts, and taxidermy. Lewan’s big personality is a part of that and makes him among the most recognizable Titans. He also acts as Marcus Mariota’s biggest champion both on and off the field, coming to his quarterback’s defense in the media and when Richard Sherman takes a cheap shot. Lewan gives the Titans a much needed edge.The next big contracts for Jon Robinson to deal with are now Marcus Mariota and Kevin Byard.
Those two deals are likely to be the talk of next offseason, but we will have plenty of time to talk about those situations at that time. For now, Titans fans should celebrate the fact that #77 will be around protecting their quarterback’s blind side and opening up holes for backs for many years to come. The Titans announced this afternoon that they are signing wide receiver Nick Williams to the 53-man roster. To make room for Williams, they waived tight end Anthony Firkser and wide receiver/kick returner Cameron Batson.Williams, of course, spent camp with the Titans this year and impressed early in preseason action before suffering a hamstring injury against the Steelers. Rather than carry an injured Williams on the 53-man roster, the Titans chose to cut him and keep Batson, likely with designs on re-signing Williams once he was healthy and ready to return to action. He brings a veteran presence to a young wide receiver group and showed that he can be a plus special teams contributor during preseason action. The release of Batson isn’t very surprising. He was likely somewhere around the 52nd or 53rd guy on the roster already, but I would imagine we will see him re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers (which I would expect he will).Firkser’s ouster is slightly more surprising (and not just because he was a training camp crush of mine). The Titans added MyCole Pruitt to the tight end group last week to get the number back to four after Delanie Walker’s injury, but rather than dismissing Pruitt the Titans chose to let Firkser go instead, effectively promoting Pruitt to the third tight end spot behind Jonnu Smith and Luke Stocker. Firkser is also a likely candidate to end up back on the practice squad.The Titans signed one and released two which means they currently only have 52 players on the roster. So who are they holding that spot for? I think there are a few viable theories:Kenneth Durden. The Titans waived Durden to make room for Tyler Marz when he was forced to fill in at right tackle on Sunday. I would assume that the team would like to get back to five cornerbacks on the roster and this one could make sense for the timing since they would have to wait for him to clear waivers prior to bringing him back.Another tight end. Firkser wasn’t much of a blocker and it’s possible the Titans realized they needed a different type of tight end behind Smith and Stocker. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t have announced a signing at the same time as Nick Williams though.Darius Kilgo. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported this morning that the Titans were bringing in the former Texans defensive lineman for a workout. They could use an extra body along the defensive line potentially.A quarterback. This is the darkest timeline as it likely means that the team has become more concerned about the health of Marcus Mariota. We have not heard any reports of quarterback workouts which is a plus, but you never really know. I would take a signing of any position other than quarterback as a very good sign regarding Mariota’s prognosis.Titans fans have never rooted for a boring backup free agent signing more.Update: The Titans are reportedly planning to sign Kenneth Durden to that 53rd roster spot per Terry McCormick.The fact that the Titans appear to be preparing for the week without adding a 3rd QB to the roster seems to be a good sign with regards to their outlook on Marcus Mariota’s injury.
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