NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that there has been progress in contract negotiations for Lewan as training camp opens, per sources informed of the situation. The progress toward a new deal means Lewan has his reps working on the deal, as he reports for training camp with team.
Lewan is set to earn $9.34 million in the fifth and final year of his rookie deal. We've seen in the past how a player making a good-faith effort to show up on time to camp can help tip negotiations toward finality.
The No. 11 overall pick in 2011 skipped mandatory minicamp earlier this summer in an effort to get a new contract. Lewan is seeking to leap Nate Solder's four-year, $62 million contract and become the highest-paid left tackle in the NFL.