Taylor Lewan showed up to Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville on Friday and signed a very important piece of paper.
Lewan and the Tennessee Titans have agreed to a 5-year, $80 million extension with $50 million in guaranteed money. The richest contract for an offensive lineman in NFL history.
Even with the contract situation looming, Lewan did not hold out. He showed up at training camp with a smile on his face because he said it was his, “obligation to be here.”
Keeping Lewan around for the long term was a a priority for the Titans. The two sides began contract talks earlier in the offseason, and in June Titans general manager Jon Robinson said, “we are working to keep Taylor as part of this organization for a long time,” per the team’s official website.
Lewan did not attend mandatory OTAs in May, as he wanted to let the team know it was important to him to be paid like he plays, which is like the best lineman in the NFL. Lewan will now make $16M per year, which eclipses New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder’s hefty, $15.5 million per year contract signed earlier this offseason.
It was a no-brainer for the Titans to pay Lewan. He has made the Pro Bowl the last two seasons and is a veteran leader and tone setter on the team.
You can bet Marcus Mariota, Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis are all happy that their big man up front isn’t going anywhere.