Andy Levitre took $2.5 million pay cut to stay with Falcons

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The “restructuring” Falcons guard Andy Levitre agreed to yesterday was more like an “expensive haircut.”

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Levitre took a $2.5 million pay cut in the transaction.

He’s now scheduled to make $4.5 million, with $3.5 million of that in a fully guaranteed base salary.

That’s probably enough to guarantee his roster spot, and for a 31-year-old guard, that’s not a bad deal.

8 responses to “Andy Levitre took $2.5 million pay cut to stay with Falcons

  1. I don’t think it is a mistake for him to agree to it, but I think it is really crappy (technical term) for teams to do this. How many times do teams complain about a player holding out for more money under by saying a contract is a contract. No, in the NFL a contract is not a contract. It is a sham. Players are paid on expected performance and as soon as they look like they can’t perform, they get cut or asked to take a pay cut.

  2. Atlanta is still one of the top 5 teams in the league. If it means taking a paycut for the time being to show your worth to them and keep your family rooted, then there is nothing wrong with it. Besides, he’s still bringing home 4.5 million. Who wouldn’t be happy with that?

  3. He was run out of Titan Town after being very productive in Buffalo. I can only assume Whizenhunt was unable to get him coached up.

  4. I Feel horrible for him! He is 31 and only going to make at least 3.5 million! How will he ever support his family???

  5. He knows he stole a ton of loot from the Titans, so top pay shouldn’t be a big concern for him at this point in his career…

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