Falcons trading for Andy Levitre

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Guard Andy Levitre fell out of favor with the Titans this offseason and was thought to be on the roster bubble with Tennessee dropping to 53 players by Saturday afternoon’s deadline.

The bubble has burst for Levitre with the Titans, but, as someone may well have said at some point, when one bubble bursts another opens.

On Twitter Friday, Levitre tweeted “#RiseUp,” which is a slogan used by the Falcons and PFT has learned, via a league source, that Levitre’s post was in fact a reference to a trade that will send him to Atlanta. The compensation going back to Tennessee is unknown at this time.

Levitre came to Tennessee on a six-year, $46.8 million contract before the 2013 season and played all 32 games for the Titans over the last two seasons, but his performance wasn’t up to the expectations that accompanied Levitre from his successful stint with the Bills. Byron Bell replaced him at left guard this summer, which would have made him an expensive backup for the Titans.

He’ll move into a zone blocking system with Kyle Shanahan running the Falcons offense and should be able to mount at least a challenge for a starting job given the underwhelming current crop of interior linemen in Atlanta.

UPDATE 1:11 p.m. ET: The deal has been announced. The Titans will receive a 2016 sixth-round pick and a conditional 2017 draft choice from the Falcons.

17 responses to “Falcons trading for Andy Levitre

  1. “For Levitre, the Titans get a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in a future year.” ~ Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky

  2. If he’s finally healthy the scheme change could be good for Levitre. Just too much mediocre-to-bad play the last couple years (often playing hurt) and patience had run out in TN. Would not have minded having him as depth but not at that price. Glad they at least got something for him on the way out.

    The move for Bell from tackle to guard has looked like a really good one so far for the Titans. Poutasi is going to struggle some early on at RT, but like the upside there. Hopefully the less experienced guys on the line (esp. Poutasi and Schwenke) can grow up fast and the other guys can stay healthy so they aren’t shuffling the line as much as last year.

  3. Good deal. The most up-to-date rating on pro football focus of Andy Levitre has him ranked Good (Ratings go as follows: Poor, Below Average, Average, Good, High Quality and Elite). No one else on the offensive line ranked as at least average, aside for Chance Warmack. He’s only 29 and he doesn’t miss many starts as well, so he should have more productive seasons down the road. He should help the Falcons with their running game.

  4. Yeah, because the slogan ‘Rise Up’ has worked wonders for them so much so that they had to pipe in crowd noise lol

  5. That’s a good deal for the Titans. I thought they were just going to flat out cut him. At least they got something out of a player not preforming up to hispeed contract.

  6. What heck? The Falcons are already short a draft pick next year because of the stupid noise gate crap they did and now we are giving another pick away for next years draft. All this for a player who was essentially going to be a backup for the Titans. This is so typical of the Falcons. We always see the untapped potential of busts. Hooray.

  7. the Falcons roster is generally the last stop as players transition out of the league, so I’m skeptical of the move, because of their horrid past acquiring talent.

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