By Anthony Caruso III
March 10, 2015, 7:41 AM EST
The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to keep tight end Marcedes Lewis after the team announces the signing of free agent Julius Thomas after 4 pm today. There was speculation that the team would release Lewis; however, that is not true.
While Thomas will carry a $9 million salary, Lewis will also have an $8.2 cap number. That’s over $17 million for the tight end position, but the Jaguars with more than $60 million in cap space can definitely afford them both.
Lewis, who has been the starter, is now expected to be the back up to Thomas. He’s also a good run blocker and has shown a pass-catching ability when given the chance.
The 30-year-old Lewis has been with the team since being drafted out of the UCLA Bruins in 2006. However, this past season, he played fewer than eight games in a season.
Last season, he had 18 receptions for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He also 25 receptions for 359 yards in 2013 through 11 games.
Before the past two season, he played in 15 or 16 games for the first seven years of his career.