Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Titans move early with Levitre, Walker
By Paul Kuharsky
The early volume out of the AFC South as free agency opened came from Tennessee, where the Titans reached a five-year, $39 million agreement in principle with Buffalo's Andy Levitre.
Once he passes a physical, he figured to solidify an interior offensive line that has become a major issue. He will take over left guard from the retired Steve Hutchinson. Better play from the interior, where the Titans likely will draft a second starting guard, should do a lot to help the play of quarterback Jake Locker and running back Chris Johnson.
The Titans also have agreed on a four-year deal with San Francisco tight end Delanie Walker, who will take over the spot of departing free agent Jared Cook.
Here is Scouts Inc. on Levitre:
"Levitre is a short, athletic interior offensive lineman who has played with great technique and intensity. He lacks great strength at the point of attack in the running game but understands leverage and can anchor well against more powerful bull rushers. He wins with intelligence, toughness, athleticism and effort. Levitre is the Bills' most consistent and durable offensive lineman, making all 64 starts in four seasons."
And Scouts Inc. on Walker:
"Walker is an excellent player who fills a lot of roles for the 49ers. He is used as an inline tight end as well as an H-back or lead fullback. He is a very good route-runner who is quick on his release and has the ability to drop his hips to get in and out of his breaks with foot quickness and a burst to separate. He is quick to read coverages and has become a solid third-down option, coming up with clutch receptions. He is not a powerful inline blocker but will show effort and some pop and power as a lead blocker."
Two others have also emerged as Titans targets: Lions defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill and Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola.
I don’t know what kind of chance the Titans have to land those two on top of the two they've already hooked. But that would make for a very solid four-pack of additions. They’ve already added safety George Wilson. Today they also subtracted two players, releasing safety Jordan Babineaux and guard Mitch Petrus.
I'm impressed with the Titans' speed out of the gate here. They need to make substantial additions to this roster and are off to a rousing start.