Andy Levitre is headed to Nashville (USA Today Sports Images)
The premier interior offensive lineman on the unrestricted free-agent market is changing teams as the Buffalo Bills' Andy Levitre has agreed to terms on a five-year, $39 million contact with the Tennessee Titans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports the deal is worth $46.8 million over six seasons.
Levitre, a 2009 second-round pick out of Oregon State, has started all 64 games for the Bills over the last four seasons.
The Titans were in the market for a guard after Tuesday's retirement of veteran Steve Hutchinson, who is coming off a knee injury. The Titans' entire offensive line was banged up in 2012 as Hutchinson, center/guard Eugene Amano, center Leroy Harris and right tackle David Stewart finished the season on injured reserve. Levitre brings durability to the unit as official NFL playing-time documents show that he has not missed a single snap over the last two seasons after missing 70 snaps during his first two seasons in the NFL.
Though Levitre lacks a Pro Bowl on his resume, he is a solid run- and pass-blocker and his new deal reflects that. The $7.8 million average per year is higher than recent contracts signed by Pro Bowlers Davin Joseph (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $7.5 million per year) and Ben Grubbs (New Orleans Saints, $7.2 million per year).
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