The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis after 12 seasons.
Lewis told The Associated Press on Tuesday he got the news of his release from his agent and feels “disrespected” by the timing of the move. It came a week after free agency began.
“I wish they would have done it sooner,” Lewis told the AP. “I think I deserved a little better than this.”
The move to release Lewis comes a month after the Jaguars picked up his 2018 option that would have paid him $3.5 million. However, the team signed free agents Niles Paul and Austin Seferian-Jenkins last week.
The Jaguars also released receiver Allen Hurns on Tuesday to save another $7 million in 2018.
The 33-year-old Lewis, a first-round draft pick in 2006, had been the longest-tenured player on the team. Lewis has played in 170 games. His 375 receptions and 4,502 yards receiving both rank third in team history. His 33 receiving touchdowns are second-most in franchise history, trailing only Jimmy Smith (67).