Tag:Mercedes Lewis
Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:00 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 4:26 pm

Marcedes Lewis likely to get Jags' franchise tag?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jaguars are in the midst of working on a long-term deal with 2010 breakout Marcedes Lewis.

But if they can't get one done by Thursday, they'll likely be hitting the tight end with the franchise tag, per Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

It's apparently "unlikely" that the two sides will reach a deal by Thursday's franchise tag deadline, and Ganguli cites sources that believe the Jaguars are "not especially optimistic a deal will get done" in time to utilize the franchise tag elsewhere.

Although Lewis doesn't sound particularly optimistic about being tagged either.

"That's like a Catch-22 because you can look at it two ways. OK, they franchised me so they want to keep me here to play," Lewis said per Ganguli. "But then if that was the case, then why not just sign me to a long-term deal? You don't know what to think. At that point, you don't know how the feel about you.

"Why one year? That's a sticky situation right there. At the same time, I don't have no control over that. I'm going to continue to get better."

Lewis, a first-rounder out of UCLA, finally broke out in his fifth season with the Jaguars last year, as he piled up 700 yards and 10 touchdowns along with 58 catches, all by far career highs.

If he's franchised, he'll make more than $7 million in 2011, but the Jags intent here seems to be that the tag simply provides insurances that they'll be able to get him signed to a long-term deal before the season starts.

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:30 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 2:05 am

Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

Posted by Will Brinson

FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- You could forgive Wayne Weaver for having more on his mind than labor negotiations these days. After all, the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the verge of a historical moment, having a shot to win the AFC South for the first time (though they do own two AFC Central titles) in Indianapolis this weekend.

That's not to say Weaver isn't concerned about the labor issue. Obviously, he is. But his eyes lit up when asked about how the Jaguars -- and their fans -- have responded to the challenges they've faced in 2010.

"This group of men are one of the best groups we've had in my 17 years of ownership of the team," Weaver told CBSSports.com following the owners' meetings. "They're working hard and playing together as a team. They're focused, they've got great leadership with guys like Maurice Jones-Drew, Marcedes Lewis, Daryl Smith -- I could go on and on and on listing them.

"We're coming together as a team at the right time and we know we have to take one game at a time to use the old cliche and this game coming up is really important. We know we have to go and win."

Of course, the players aren't the only ones who have responded in a big way throughout 2010 -- the city of Jacksonville and the fans have done an absolutely outstanding job of supporting a team that, at one point, appeared dead in the water. (That point was the Monday night loss to Tennessee for those wondering.)

Instead of giving up on what might have been a lost season, they rallied and made sure to remind the NFL-watching world that Jacksonville, despite the complaints of some, is an NFL city thru-and-thru, by selling out every single home game in 2010.

"Well, think about this -- we blacked out seven of our eight games last year and we haven't blacked out a game and we've already sold out our Washington game," Weaver told CBSSports.com. "So we're not going to black out any of our home games this year.

"The community has really stepped up. They've been great 12th man fans and I couldn't be more proud of the way the city, our mayor, our city leadership have stepped up, because it couldn't have happened without all of that coming together."

The fans won't have a chance to fill up the stadium Sunday, but the Washington game, if the Jaguars play the Colts as close or closer than they always do, could be a pretty nice little reason for Weaver, the fans and the city to celebrate an already fantastic season.

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