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Jaguars Exercise Options on TE Marcedes Lewis, OT Josh Wells and G/C Tyler Shatley

The Jaguars started their in-house off-season business Tuesday by exercising the 2018 contract options on tight end Marcedes Lewis, offensive tackle Josh Wells and guard/center Tyler Shatley, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Lewis, a first-round pick in 2006, will return for a 13th season and remain the longest-tenured current Jaguars player.

According to a league source, Lewis will receive a $500,000 bonus and his $3.5 million base salary is not guaranteed.

Lewis started all 19 regular season/playoff games in 2017. He played 1,016 of 1,324 offensive snaps (76.7 percent), second-most among the Jaguars’ skill players (quarterback Blake Bortles was first). Lewis had 24 catches for 318 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season and four catches for 21 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.

Lewis’ return is unlikely to change the team’s free agent/draft strategy if they want to prioritize a pass-catching tight end. Lewis rarely lines up detached from the line and continues to be viewed as a solid blocker and pass protector.

Wells and Shatley are both undrafted free agents who started games in 2017 because of injuries to starters.


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