Taylor Lewan Signs with Titans: Latest Contract Details and Analysis

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 24, 2014

Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (77) warms up during NFL football minicamp on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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It took a while, but rookie Taylor Lewan has finally come to terms on a contract with the Tennessee Titans

The team's official Twitter account confirmed the news:    

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean provides contract details:

The tackle from Michigan was the last of the NFL's unsigned draft picks this year.

Lewan, the 11th overall pick, will sign a four-year deal worth roughly $11.5 million. The contract, which is fully guaranteed, includes a signing bonus of roughly $6.7 million.

The University of Michigan product and No. 11 overall pick was the last first-rounder in this year's draft to sign with his new team. It happens just in time too, with training camp practices set to begin Saturday. As he battles veterans Michael Roos and Michael Oher for one of the starting tackle jobs, he couldn't afford to miss any precious time on the gridiron. 

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 16:  First round pick Taylor Lewan #77 works out during the Tennessee Titans rookie minicamp on May 16, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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This marks a suddenly recurring trend the Titans would be wise to buck as soon as possible. 

Chance Warmack was the last first-round selection to sign in 2013, missing the start of training camp, while Kendall Wright, the second-to-last to sign in 2012, sat out three practices.

None of that matters now, though, as Lewan can finally get on the field and start showing why he was so highly rated by the Titans. 

A two-time first-team All-American, the 23-year-old has a tantalizing blend of natural gifts (6'7", long arms and quick feet) and physical toughness. His tenacious, mean-spirited attitude makes him a potential force in the run game. 

Unfortunately, he has one more off-the-field obstacle to hurdle. 

Lewan will go to trial in October on charges of assault for allegedly punching an Ohio State fan last year. He's ready to put all that behind him, though. 

"My job is to not do reckless things off the field," he said, via The Associated Press (h/t the Boston Herald). "My job is to make sure my quarterback is safe and my running backs are in good positions to gain yards."

Jake Locker and Bishop Sankey will be glad to hear that. 

It's still unclear whether Lewan will immediately slot at left or right tackle, but with both Roos and Oher nearing the end of their careers, it's clear the rookie is a future bookend for this team. 

Now that he is signed and back on the field, he can concentrate on expediting that future.