Jaguars TE Lewis ready to report to training camp

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis is ending his holdout with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Although he still doesn't have a long-term contract, Lewis said on his Twitter page Sunday that he is returning to the team after a five-day holdout.

"Though my contract is still being negotiated, I'm headed back to jax today! need to be with my team! Its been entirely too long," Lewis tweeted.

Jaguars general manager Gene Smith expects Lewis to be at training camp Monday.

"Marcedes is a man of his word," Smith said. "I eagerly anticipate him being back here. He's a big part of this team and where we're going. It'll be great to see him."

Lewis caught 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns last season -- all career highs. The Jaguars placed the franchise tag on Lewis, who signed a one-year tender offer worth nearly $7.3 million. But both sides want to work out a long-term deal and are continuing to negotiate.

Nonetheless, Lewis opted not to report for camp. Coach Jack Del Rio indicated he would fine the 6-foot-6, 275-pound former first-round pick for missing time. Under the league's new collective bargaining agreement, Lewis can be fined as much as $30,000 a day.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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