Andy Levitre is staying put in Atlanta. The Falcons have agreed to a restructured contract with the standout guard, a person familiar with the negotiations tells D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Levitre was set to enter the year with an $8.375MM cap number. He’s accepted a base salary reduction from $7MM to a fully guaranteed $3.5MM, while his salary cap charge will drop from $8.375MM to $5.875MM, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (Twitter link).
Levitre, 32 in May, has been one of the league’s better guards since entering the league in 2009. In 2017, he graded out as one of the 20 best players at his position in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics. He started every game since joining the Falcons in 2015 until he suffered a torn triceps late last year. He returned in Week 17, but he landed on IR after re-aggravating the injury.
Had he been released, Levitre would have profiled as one of the very best interior lineman on this year’s open market. For a look at those who are available, check out PFR’s rankings of the top offensive free agents by position.
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