The Jacksonville Jaguars could be set to get rid of one of their longest serving players.
After acquiring Julius Thomas from the Denver Broncos in free agency, the Jags have a surplus at the tight end spot, which could well see the end for a nine-year veteran and former Pro-Bowler on the roster.
According to two separate reports from Jacksonville.com, the Jaguars are shopping Marcedes Lewis around to potential trade partners.
The first article - from Ryan O'Halloran - on Lewis' future states that the Jaguars are exploring the possibility of paying a big part of the tight end's contract for the 2015 season in an effort to try and drum up some interest in the big man - like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently did to get rid of Dashon Goldson.
"When Tampa Bay traded free safety Dashon Goldson to Washington on Friday, it agreed to pick up the $4 million bonus in his 2015 contract. This could be a way for the Jaguars to create demand for tight end Marcedes Lewis."
The second - this time from Gene Frenette - suggests that the Jags could be lowering their expectations and chasing a late round pick in order to get something for Lewis instead of just cutting him.
"If left tackle Eugene Monroe could fetch a fourth- and fifth-round draft pick from the Baltimore Ravens in a trade, shouldn’t the Jaguars be able to land one late-round choice from somebody for tight end Marcedes Lewis?"
Lewis made the Pro Bowl in 2010 when he racked up 700 yards and ten touchdowns. But with the arrival of one of the league's most exciting tight ends, the 33-year old finds himself on the outside looking in after nine seasons in Jacksonville.
The Jags drafted Lewis in the first round of the 2006 draft with the 28th overall pick out of UCLA. In his time at the Jaguars, Lewis has racked up 315 receptions for 3,789 yards and 27 touchdowns.