Report: Tennessee Titans Sign Andy Levitre for $39 Million

Chad MintonCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13:  Andy Levitre #67 of the Buffalo Bills blocks against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bills 10-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans have managed to avoid a repeat of last offseason by grabbing their most coveted free agency target as Andy Levitre has reportedly signed a five-year, $39 million contract according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

By signing Levitre, the Titans will have more freedom to address other major weaknesses in the upcoming NFL draft in April.

Levitre will be an instant upgrade to Steve Hutchinson, who  has announced his retirement.

The addition of Levitre will also vastly improve the Titans' pass blocking abilities, and that should be sweet music to the ears of Jake Locker.

Suddenly the Titans' offensive line doesn't look so bad as Fernando Velasco figures to return as the team's center, and Velasco was one of the lone bright spots on the offensive line.

Levitre isn't as great of a run blocker to help Chris Johnson, but it's still a great signing by the Titans.

Another great thing about this addition is that the Titans are getting reliability and durability in the 26-year-old Levitre. He currently has started in 64-straight games, and that's something the Titans desperately need as the offensive line was plagued with injuries last season.

The Titans' attention should now be primarily focused on where to go in the draft, and defensive line seems to be an obvious choice now that the interior of the offensive line is addressed in a big way.