When the NFL Lockout is finally lifted and the normal operations begin, don't be shocked if Marcedes Lewis is a no-show to the start of training camp. As Adam Schefter reported yesterday, typical unrestricted free agent rules are expected to be in place and franchise tags are expected to be in the new CBA if and when it's agreed to.
For a player like Marcedes Lewis, that's no good. "It's a catch-22, man. I want a long-term contract, and I know Jacksonville wants me there. I love playing in Jacksonville and who I work with there. But at the same time, who wants to play under a one-year contract? That's not cool," Lewis told Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly.
When asked about being a holdout when camp rolled around, Lewis just told Edholm "Jacksonville knows what (it) has in me and what kind of guy I am, my character," he said. "They know I am going to give it every day. In the meantime, I just work hard and keep a smile on my face." I would however, expect Lewis to be a holdout if a long-term deal isn't reached before camp starts. His camp was none to pleased with the offer received before the lockout and being slapped with the franchise tag.