Jacksonville Jaguars Tight End Marcedes Lewis Will End Holdout on Monday July 31st, 2011 at 12:12 PM
By Brendan Sonnone
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis is ending his holdout on Monday, according to the Florida Times-Union and Big Cat Country.
Lewis, who was named to the Pro Bowl last season, had not been participating in training camp as he was awaiting to receive a long-term contract, but he had a change of heart this weekend.
"Basically they still are negotiating but I'm tired of not being with my team! And I need to be there…" Lewis told the Times-Union via text message.
It's understandable that as a football player, Lewis was somewhat homesick and missed being with his teammates. With that being said, it is important to remember that he will still be in negotiations with the Jaguars' front office. Lewis is under the franchise-tag designation and is slated to make $7.3 million this season, but he wants long-term security.
For now though, it will be a big boost for the Jaguars to have Lewis in camp. He is an emotional leader and is clearly one of the team's most talented players.
Just last night I wrote that this holdout was worth watching
because it was getting ugly. Head coach Jack Del Rio
had reportedly been fining Lewis for not being in camp since he was under contract. Fortunately for the Jaguars, Lewis realized he was hurting himself and his teammates by not practicing. So he's back and ideally both Lewis and the Jaguars will settle on a long-term contract in the non-distant future.
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