The Jaguars picked up 2018 team options for TE Marcedes Lewis, OT Josh Wells, and OL Tyler Shatley Tuesday. This according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. The team had until 4 pm Tuesday to make their decisions, but the Jaguars saw fit to announce these decisions well before the deadline.
Marcedes Lewis, the team's longest tenured player, will cost the Jaguars $3.75 million in cap space in 2018. A relatively small price to pay for the league's best blocking tight end, an emotional leader, and a guy that has produced 33 TDs in his career (including 5 in 2017). It looks like he'll have another season in Jax, however, if the team addresses the position in the draft they could opt to move on from Lewis as his deal has only $250,000 in dead cap money this year.
Josh Wells notched quite a bit of experience in 2017. He had to fill in multiple times due to injury at tackle and wasn't a complete train wreck, even against tough competition. Electing to pick up Wells' option was likely an easy decision for the Jaguars. He's a quality backup and at 27 years old he'll only cost the Jaguars $836,000 in cap space. If they decide to cut Wells during or after training camp he'll cost the team virtually nothing.
The decision to pick up Tyler Shatley's option was also likely an easy one for the Jaguars. Like Wells, Shatley has proven to be an effective backup offensive lineman. He's shown the ability to play both guard positions and center. At 26 years old the versatile interior lineman will cost the Jaguars just over $1 million in cap space and won't cost the team if they decide to part ways with him later in the offseason.
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