Andy Levitre to Falcons: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2015

Nov 24, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans guard Andy Levitre (67) at the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. The Titans defeated the Raiders 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans announced Friday they traded offensive lineman Andy Levitre to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2016 sixth-round pick and a future conditional pick.

Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk first reported an agreement was in place. The guard hinted something was on the horizon when he sent out a message on social media with the phrase "Rise Up," a Falcons team slogan, earlier in the day.

Levitre emerged as one of the league's most promising young interior linemen during his early years with the Buffalo Bills, who selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft.

He hit the open market after four years in Buffalo and cashed in with the Titans. Tennessee gave him a six-year, $46.8 million contract, per Spotrac, based on his consistently solid play with the Bills to plug a hole at left guard.

The Oregon State product never seemed to find a comfort zone as part of the Titans' power approach, however. It allowed the Falcons to swoop in and land him for a reasonable price with hope his mobility will be better suited for their zone-blocking scheme.

Though the return is minimal, the deal makes sense for Tennessee. It's able to get out from underneath the rest of the guard's contract and utilize those resources to upgrade elsewhere.

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At 29, there's still a chance for Levitre to revitalize his career in Atlanta. The team has been seeking more stability up front as it tries to provide as much support as possible for the unproven running back tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.