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Andy Levitre is waiting: Bills should 'at least throw me an offer'

By Tim Graham

LevitreMugThe Buffalo Bills committed to safety Jairus Byrd's future today.

Left guard Andy Levitre, meanwhile, is waiting for a contract offer.

Eleven days away from the start of the free-agency period, Levitre is wondering whether the Bills want him back.

"I'm in limbo right now," Levitre told me this afternoon from his home in Northern California. "I don't know what their plan is.

"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 is Buffalo's most versatile and most durable offensive lineman. He has played every position and hasn't missed a start in his four years since being drafted 51st overall in 2009.

He and Byrd were the Bills' top two free agents. The Bills announced today they've used their franchise tag on Byrd. Teams can place a franchise tag on just one player.

Levitre can hit the open market with the Bills receiving no compensation in return. He'll certainly be considered among the best O-line options in the free-agent pool.

Levitre said he would prefer to remain with Buffalo but admitted the prospect of striking it rich in free agency is appealing.

"It's an exciting time for me, being able to have this opportunity," Levitre said. "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 again. So it's crossed my mind.

"It would be in the Bills' best interests to at least throw me an offer to see if we can get this thing rolling. There's a lot of unknown for me."

Given Levitre's worth and the holes on their roster, the Bills must weigh whether to re-sign him or commit those dollars to other positional needs.

"If the Bills offer me a fair deal, I would love to stay there," Levitre said. "I'm very familiar with the place. I love the people there. My girlfriend's from there. There are a lot of reasons to be there.

"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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2013 free agency | Andy Levitre | Jairus Byrd
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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