Jaguars give Lewis five-year deal

Posted Aug. 05, 2011 @ 10:25 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Jaguars and TE Marcedes Lewis agreed to terms on a new contract Friday.

Florida Times-Union reporter and PFW correspondent Vito Stellino reports Lewis will receive more than $34 million, with nearly $18 million guaranteed, over five years.

Said Lewis on his Twitter account: "Its official jag fans! looks like your stuck with me for at least another 5 years...thank you all for your support and patience ;)."

Lewis, who caught 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, had signed his one-year, $7.28 million franchise tender, but was seeking a long-term deal.

The way we see it

The Jaguars said all offseason that securing Lewis long term was one of their top priorities. The club aggressively opened up the free-agent signing period focusing on upgrading the defense, but once that was done, it turned its attention toward Lewis, an invaluable part of the Jaguars' offense. GM Gene Smith was adamant that Lewis needed to be in camp before the two sides would negotiate, so Lewis and head coach Jack Del Rio came up with an agreement saying the Pro Bowl tight end could hold off on practicing while still being in camp with his teammates until a deal was struck. Three days after Lewis' arrival, the deal was struck. The Seahawks helped set the framework for Lewis' deal earlier this week, when they signed former Raiders TE Zach Miller to a five-year, $34 million contract, including $17 million guaranteed.