As the Atlanta Falcons added big bodies up front to amp up the struggling offensive line, it closed the door on really much of any major competition for either spot.
It also signaled that the team’s four-season left guard Andy Levitre would likely be headed elsewhere.
He signaled as much in his farewell to the team.
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When I first got traded to Atlanta I didn’t know what to expect. Didnt know much about the team, the city, the players/coaches etc. These past 4 years have been nothing short of an amazing! I am grateful to be a part of such a unique culture. My family & I have established some unforgettable memories in this city. Thank you to DQ, TD and Scott Pioli for giving me this great opportunity to showcase my skills & creating an environment I could thrive in. Looking forward to what the future holds... #inbrotherhood
Levitre came over from Tennessee via last-minute trade, regarded as a free agent bust with the Titans. In Atlanta, he thrived in Kyle Shanahan’s outside zone scheme and locked down the left guard spot vacated by Justin Blalock that spring for about four seasons.
He was an important part of that historic 2016 Falcons offense, though his health struggled into 2017 and 2018 with triceps ailments. He wound up on IR in September of last year, and would up playing his last downs with the team.
It’s going to be sad to see him go, and he was certainly a great Falcon. It was genuinely heartening to see him turn his career around after his struggles in Tennessee, and you hope all the best for him going forward as he tries to continue his career.
He’ll be 33 in May and coming off injury, but long odds haven’t stopped Levitre before from succeeding. Perhaps a reunion with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco or a trip up to Green Bay to join former Falcons QBs coach Matt LaFleur could be in order?
Regardless, we wish Levitre a successful rest of his career and beyond. We’ll greatly miss seeing him out there between Jake Matthews and Alex Mack on game days.