Friday, March 1, 2013

Bills’ Andy Levitre still ‘in limbo’ before free agency


Buffalo Bills fans are eagerly awaiting the fate of offensive lineman Andy Levitre. Levitre is in the same boat.

The team placed the franchise tag on standout safety Jairus Byrd Friday, subsequently limiting the options available to bring Levitre back this season. Now, the team will need to work out a contract with the versatile lineman before March 12, when he is set to hit free agency.

“I'm in limbo right now,” Levitre told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News Friday, noting that the team has yet to reach out to him with an offer. “I don't know what their plan is. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

“Now that Jairus got his franchise tag, there's a week and a half for them to work a deal out with me. But I haven't been offered anything yet. We're waiting around to see if something will pop up.”

Levitre has certainly done his fair share for the Bills, helping to fill the gaps whenever, and wherever, he was asked and providing solid work in both the running and passing game. Now, off the field, he's making sure his consideration of all the options is as well-rounded.

"It's an exciting time for me, being able to have this opportunity," Levitre told Graham. "This position that I'm in, it's once-in-a-lifetime for a lot of people. I don't know if this'll ever happen to me (open market) again.

"... It would be great to come back, but I understand the business aspect of it. Sometimes, things don't work out. Hopefully, we'll know something soon."

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