Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan presents one of the team’s most difficult challenges looking ahead to the 2023 off-season.

Lewan tore his ACL and lateral meniscus in the Titans’ Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills. However, much has changed since that point in the season, most notably the recent firing of general manager Jon Robinson.

Since being drafted with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Lewan has been a franchise cornerstone in Tennessee. Unfortunately, his injury history and contract situation puts the front office in a predicament for the upcoming off-season.

Per Spotrac, Lewan carries a $14.6 million cap hit if the Titans opt to bring him back next season. On the other hand, it would cost the Titans nothing to cut ties with Lewan, saving the team loads of salary cap space.

It’s certainly a steep price to pay for a 31-year-old left tackle, who has played in just 20 games over the last three seasons.

On Thursday, Lewan joined Kay Adams on Fanduel TV’s Up & Adams. In the interview, Lewan acknowledged the possibility that his time in Tennessee could be coming to a close.

“If you were to say ‘what happens to Taylor Lewan with the Tennessee Titans after the season ends?’ You would likely assume that I am released from the team, probably February or March.”

“You play in this game long enough, you see how the dominoes fall. Like I said before, two ACLs in three years, it’s hard for people to wrap their minds around keeping me in the building.”

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When asked about continuing his career with another team, Lewan admitted that his future is still “up in the air.”

“I know that there is going to be other teams that would like to have me on their team and work for them, but I’ve said before I love Nashville. With my personality — how I act, how I handle certain situations — I don’t think there would’ve been another city that would’ve taken me in like Nashville did.”

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On if retirement could be in play for the Bussin With The Boys podcast host, Lewan wasn’t ready to rule anything out just yet.

“I have played this game for a long time,” Lewan added. “I’ve always said to myself, ‘I’m not gonna go and watch the demise of Taylor Lewan.’ I don’t want to be that guy that, ‘Oh he’s still chasing the dream, he’s been on five teams in four years.’ There’s nothing against that, this is just how my brain is wired.”

Click here to listen to Lewan’s interview in its entirety.

It’s admittedly difficult to envision Lewan wearing another team’s jersey on Sundays. Unfortunately, that could be a reality Titans fans face as soon as next season.

Featured image via Christopher Hanewinckel – USA TODAY Sports

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