Titans finally conclude negotiations with first-round pick prior to camp

One day before players are scheduled to report for the start of training camp the Tennessee Titans concluded their final piece of significant offseason business.

The team and first-round draft pick Taylor Lewan agreed to terms on a contract. The left tackle out of Michigan and 11th overall pick was the only remaining unsigned player from the 2014 draft.

General manager Ruston Webster broke the news during an appearance on The Midday 180 on WGFX 104.5-FM on Thursday.

The team formally announced the deal a short time later.

The current collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players’ association established rules for rookie contracts that eliminated much of the negotiations, even for the top draft choices.

Even so, the Titans have struggled to get deals done with their first-round picks. Wide receiver Kendall Wright was the next-to-last player to sign in 2012 and missed the first three training camp practices. Guard Chance Warmack was the last first-round pick to sign in 2013 and he missed the first five days and four workouts of camp.

Nonetheless, Wright and Warmack were significant contributors as rookies.

Lewan now has all of training camp to try to earn playing time on an offensive line that includes veteran tackles Michael Roos and Michael Oher.