Wednesday's NFL: Lewan reports to Titans with no deal
Taylor Lewan answered the biggest question for the Titans heading into training camp by showing up for work along with the rest of his teammates. How long it takes to get a new contract for Lewan, a two-time Pro Bowl left tackle, remains to be seen.
GM Jon Robinson said they’re making good progress, even if he isn’t ready to say when that might be wrapped up.
“It’s good to have him back,” Robinson said Wednesday after the Titans reported for camp. “I know that our coaches are excited to work with him and had really good discussions over the last 24 hours with his representation and nothing’s finalized. But I would say we’re certainly headed in the right direction.”
Robinson said contract talks had been going on the past couple days and ramped up Tuesday.
“I’d say we’ve made really good progress and that’s about all I can really comment on that for now,” Robinson said.
Lewan, a former Michigan star, took part in the team’s voluntary offseason program with new coach Mike Vrabel. Then Lewan skipped the mandatory minicamp in June over a lack of progress in contract talks.
Lewan is due $9.34 million this season after Tennessee picked up the fifth-year option for the 11th selection overall in the 2014 draft. He has started 53 of 58 games, including every game the past two seasons.
Richard Sherman has been cleared to practice for the 49ers at the start of training camp. Sherman joined San Francisco after getting released by rival Seattle following season-ending surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. He was unable to participate in the offseason program.
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