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Jacksonville Jaguars Make Re-Signing Marcedes Lewis a Priority When NFL is Lifted

July 20th, 2011 at 9:51 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

The first order of business for the Jacksonville Jaguars once the NFL lockout is lifted is to re-sign tight end Marcedes Lewis.

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) turns upfield for an 11-yard gain during the fourth quarter the Indianapolis Colts 34-24 win over the Jaguars at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis on December 19, 2010. UPI /Mark Cowan
Jaguars’ general manager Gene Smith told the Florida Times-Union that getting a contract done with Lewis would be “at the top” of his priority list.
“Our own players will always be our first priority,” Smith said. “I’ve said this before that it is our objective to get a long-term deal done with Marcedes.”
Lewis, a Pro Bowler, has been vocal about his contract status this offseason and he told the Times-Union that he’s optimistic a deal will get done.
“All I can do is be optimistic about it,” Lewis said. “I think both sides have an idea of where we want to go. I’m just going to continue to handle my side and let them take care of that. I’m hoping we can get it done and get me in camp.”
From my perspective, getting a deal done with Lewis is a no-brainer. He is arguably the second best player on the team and is probably the most well-rounded tight end in the NFL. Plus at 27 years old, he is just entering the prime of his career. Pay the man, he deserves it. 
Tags: contract, Gene Smith, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Marcedes Lewis, NFL, NFL Lockout, Tight End

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