After suffering through a number of lean years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, tight end Marcedes Lewis feels the team is poised to for big things next season and beyond.
With Lewis set to be a free agent, he'd like to make sure he sticks around to enjoy some of that success after being a part of a combined 14 wins over the last four seasons.
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"This team is making huge strides," Lewis said. "I've been here for the beginning of it, through the rough parts of it. It'll be nice to be able to see us compete at a very high level and see some fruits from our labor."
Lewis finished the season with 16 catches for 226 yards, but didn't score a touchdown. His 13 catches were the fewest since his rookie season, but he proved durable enough to play in all 16 games for the first time since 2012. The 10-year veteran said he's hopeful of striking a new deal with the team before free agency begins that will allow him to finish his career in Jacksonville.
"You rarely see players play 10 years for one team, let alone finish their career (with the same team), so it's something that I want to be able to do," Lewis said. "Hopefully we can get it done before all the other stuff even starts, if it's possible.
"I know where I want to be."
The Jaguars selected Lewis No. 28 overall in the 2006 draft, making the 31-year-old the longest-tenured member of the team.