The Tennessee Titans wasted no time addressing their most pressing offseason need.
According to an ESPN report, the Titans agreed to a five-year, $39 million deal with free agent guard Andy Levitre within the first hour of Tuesday’s free agency signing period.
Levitre (6-foot-2, 305 pounds) has played and started every game of his four-year career, all with the Buffalo Bills. He was a second-round pick (51st overall) by Buffalo in 2009.
The Bills finished in the top half of the league in rushing offense in three of his four seasons, including sixth in 2012. However, they averaged one sack allowed every 15.2 attempts last season, which was worse than the Titans’ once in every 17.5.
In the four years he has been in the league Tennessee drafted just three offensive linemen, and only one is still with the team. Byron Stingily was a sixth-round selection in 2010 and made his first two career starts at the end of last season. Troy Kropog (fourth round, 2009) and Ryan Durand (seventh round, 2009) both were released in 2012.
By Tuesday afternoon the Titans were without both of their starting guards from last season. Left guard Steve Hutchinson announced his retirement earlier in the day, and right guard Leroy Harris was a free agent.