I have never liked the idea of giving a guard a lot of money, but the Titans desperately needed guard help and Levitre will instantly turn the left guard position into a position of major strength. Plus, Levitre got less money than Davin Joseph (7 years, 52.5 million with 19 million guaranteed), Carl Nicks (5 years, 47.5 million with 31 million guaranteed), and Jahri Evans (7 years, 56.7 million with 12 million guaranteed) over the last few off-seasons.
Levitre got 6 years, 46.8 million with 10.5 million guaranteed. He was ProFootballFocus’ 9th rated guard in 2012 and 6th rated guard in 2011 (despite making 4 of his 16 starts at left tackle) and deserves this type of contract when you compare it to other deals guards have gotten recently. This is a solid deal and it will definitely help Chris Johnson, who needs good blocking to succeed.