Two seasons after signing him to a six-year, $46.8 million contract in free agency, the Tennessee Titans elected to trade offensive guard Andy Levitre to the Atlanta Falcons on Friday. A second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 2009 NFL Draft, Levitre couldn’t come to terms on an extension with the Bills and hit the free agency market.
On the return from the Falcons, the Titans receiver a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and a conditional draft pick for the 2017 NFL Draft, according to this article from Pro Football Talk. Levitre still has four years left on his six-year contract.
And while his two years with the Titans were less than spectacular, the Falcons are hoping that he can be a serviceable option on their interior offensive line.
Levitre earned his massive contract in free agency after Pro Football Focus rated him as the fourth-best left guard in the entire NFL during the 2012 season. That offseason, he signed with the Titans and in 2013 he had another solid season, with PFF rating him as the seventh-best left guard in the entire NFL.
Unfortunately for the Titans, Levitre’s performance suffered in 2014 as he was rated 45th among all guards in the NFL by Pro Football Focus with a negative player grade of -5.8.
At 29, the Falcons are hoping that there’s still time for Levitre to regain his form as one of the NFL’s most consistently excellent guards, and justify the $6.5 million base salary and the $8.6 million cap hit he carries for the next three seasons.