Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan just became the richest offensive lineman in NFL history.
According to CBS Sports, Lewan inked a five-year deal Friday worth a reported $80 million, easily surpassing the $62.5 million deal the Giants gave to Nate Solder this offseason. Lewan’s deal reportedly consists of $50 million in guarantees. The Titans announced the extension Friday but did not disclose terms. He’s slated to make $9.34 million under the final year of his rookie deal and will now be under contract in Tennessee through the 2023 season.
Lewan, 27, reportedly showed up to training camp this week after sitting out the team’s mandatory minicamp in June in hopes of landing a new contract. Titans general manager Jon Robinson indicated that he had “really good discussions” with Lewan’s representatives and said the two sides were “headed in the right direction” in terms of a contract extension.
Lewan’s reps were reportedly looking to top Solder as the NFL’s highest paid offensive lineman. Lewan’s deal also eclipses the NFL’s highest amount in guarantees for an offensive lineman, which until Friday was held by Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins. The contract Williams signed in 2015 comes with $41.3 million in guarantees.
Selected by the Titans in the first round of the 2014 draft out of Michigan, Lewan has developed into one of the league’s top lineman and made the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons.