After a week of holding out of training camp activities, Marcedes Lewis has finally been signed to a long-term extension by the Jacksonville Jaguars. As reported by Mike Florio and Vito Stellino, Lewis has been signed to a five-year deal worth a total of about $35 million with just under $18 million guaranteed.
Marcedes Lewis was the 28th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft from UCLA. He cameinto the league projected as a large pass catching tight end.
Ironically, during his first few years in the league, Lewis made his name as a blocking tight end while he was prone to dropping the passes that came his way. However, in the 2009 season, Lewis began to emerge as a pass catcher as well. He caught 32 passes for 518 yards and 2 touchdowns and was voted as a Pro Bowl alternate.
In the 2010 season, after being billed as "the most dominant player in camp" by Jack Del Rio, he exploded onto the scene, catching 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns and for his efforts he was voted to the Pro Bowl. However, he still makes a living by blocking for former UCLA teammate, Maurice Jones-Drew and allowing him to run free into the secondary.
Having Lewis back is a great relief going into this tough football season, as Lewis will be Jacksonville's second-most dangerous player on offense.
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