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How Long Will Jacksonville Jaguars Tight End Marcedes Lewis Holdout?

July 30th, 2011 at 8:07 PM
By Brendan Sonnone
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jason Hill (front) and tight end Marcedes Lewis sit on the bench during the final moments of the Jaguars' loss to the Houston Texans in their NFL football game in Houston January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Richard Carson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis might have a lengthier holdout than what was originally expected. 

The Pro Bowler has not been to training camp yet as he is negotiating a contract extension with the Jacksonville front office. 
Lewisis currently under the franchise tag designation, but he’d like something longer than a one-year contract, so he’s holding out until he gets one.
There’s really no clear timetable set for his return, although the belief a couple days ago was that he was expected back relatively soon, according to
“As for Lewis, who isn't expected to show up for training camp until he gets a long-term contract, it's hard to imagine the Jaguars won't get something done fairly soon,” Frenette wrote. “They have way too much salary cap room to not take of someone who has legitimately blossomed into one of their top-five players.”
That may not be the case though.
Frenette’s reasoning is what makes Lewis’ holdout somewhat surprising. Lewis, in my opinion, the best overall tight end in the NFL and is one of just two proven receiving targets for the Jaguars. 
With such a need for Lewis combined with a relatively large amount of cap space, I thought that the Jaguars would be foolish to lowball Lewis and a deal would have been done before training camp.
However, this could get ugly. It is being reported by the Times-Union that Lewis is being fined by head coach Jack Del Rio for every day he misses. 
“Lewis is under contract because he signed the $7.3 (million) franchise tender and Del Rio indicated he is being fined for his absence.”
I don’t want to be dramatic because it’s still early in a reduced offseason, but this is a situation Jacksonville fans will want to keep their eyes’ on. Talk of fines is never encouraging though. 
Tags: contract, holdout, Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Marcedes Lewis, Pro Bowl

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