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Jaguars & TE Marcedes Lewis Close To An Agreement On New Deal

Mike DiRocco of ESPN, citing a league source, reports that the Jaguars and TE Marcedes Lewis are close to reaching an agreement on a new contract.

According to DiRocco, the two sides are hoping to have a contract done by the time the free agent market opens on Wednesday.

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell previously reporters that he was hoping to have an extension in place with Lewis before the start of free agency, so it appears as though they’re still on target.

Lewis is one of their best pass blockers, and is a good No. 2 option to starting TE Julius Thomas.

Lewis, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2006. He’s in line to be an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks, and tight ends are always of interest to NFL teams, so he could have a better than expected market.

In 2015, Lewis appeared in all 16 games for the Jaguars and recorded 16 receptions for 226 yards receiving and no touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 37 tight end out of 67 qualifying players.