Its ironic the Tennessee Titans will visit Arrowhead Friday night to face the Kansas City Chiefs. If there is a single item left on the Chiefs regular season bucket list, it’s to find five offensive linemen that can execute Andy Reid’s offense.
On paper, the idea of the Chiefs shipping a late round draft pick for veteran guard, Andy Levitre, makes sense. However, if the Titans agree to trade their former starting offensive lineman, he comes to the Chiefs with a high price tag. Over the next four years, he’s set to earn $26 million in base salary.
The good news in adding that price tag to the roster, the Chiefs have the cap space in 2015 and beyond to easily absorb those numbers and maintain plenty of room to sign additional free agents in the future.
The real question in this debate isn’t the money but what does LeVitre have left in the tank? He’s clearly not happy with the demotion, and he did tell reporters he’d like to stay with the Titans this week, but Head Coach, Ken Wisenhunt has the final say on the matter.
Logically there has to be a reason that LeVitre was benched. Then again, perhaps Wisenhunt doesn’t believe he fits the Titans offensive system. Or further, maybe they just want to cut his high-priced salary. Whatever the reason the Chiefs need to consider adding the veteran guard.
Either way the Chiefs have unresolved issues on their offensive line that can’t be ignored, and at some point, they need to strongly consider making a bolder move. They did pursue Evan Mathis, who signed with division rival Denver on Tuesday, but they felt his age was a detriment.
LeVitre is four years younger than Mathis so shipping off a future draft pick and absorbing the remainder of his contract are both plausible. However, that doesn’t mean General Manager, John Dorsey will pull the trigger.
I’m not sure the Chiefs will even attempt to make this move but if Dorsey is seen chatting with Titans General Manager, Ruston Webster on the field before Friday’s nights pre-season game at Arrowhead, I’d bet LeVitre’s name gets a mention.
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