The Buffalo Bills have unwisely decided not to offer star left guard Andy Levitre a contract to this point, and that decision is quizzical since Levitre stated that he at least wanted to see what the Bills offer is. I honestly think the Bills have a good chance at keeping their best offensive lineman, and the longer they wait the harder it will be to keep him.
That’s because the 26-year-old will have a high amount of suitors on the open market, and teams desperate for guard help will come calling his number repeatedly. A team that is expected to show a significant amount of interest is the Tennessee Titans, and reliable beat writer Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean writes, “The Titans will be aggressive early in free agency in trying to find at least one quality offensive lineman. Bills guard Andy Levitre will be one of their targets.”
The Titans guard situation is in dire straits, and the interior of the offensive line has needed retooling for a couple of years now. The Titans will undoubtedly strive to keep Fernando Velasco on board, but simply keeping their best interior OL isn’t enough. Steve Hutchinson and Eugene Amano, per Wyatt, are not expected to be in the Titans future plans due to severe injuries and the amount of money tied into them. The Titans could also use an upgrade over those two anyway, and Levitre would provide just that.
The former Oregon State standout is excellent is pass protection and a more than capable run blocker. One of the top guards in the NFL today, Andy Levitre will likely have a huge list of suitors and should be set for a big pay day. Signing Levitre would mean filling a huge need for the Titans, as well as quieting criticism from Chris Johnson regarding his offensive line. Levitre is talented, dependable, and young with some more potential that should be readily tapped into.
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