Reports: Falcons restructure deals for G Levitre, LB Reed
Atlanta Falcons guard Andy Levitre accepted a $2.5 million pay cut for 2018, according multiple reports on Thursday.
Per ESPN, Levitre can earn back up to $1.5 million in incentives. His base salary of $3.5 million is now fully guaranteed, essentially ensuring the nine-year veteran will remain with the Falcons this season.
Meanwhile, Falcons linebacker Brooks Reed agreed to a restructured contract and also will remain with the team, according to an NFL Network report.
Levitre, who turns 32 in May, was entering the final year of a six-year, $46.8 million deal he signed with the Tennessee Titans in the spring of 2013. He struggled to live up to the contract in Tennessee and was dealt to Atlanta during the 2015 preseason for two sixth-round picks.
Over the past three seasons, he has started 48 of a possible 53 games (including playoffs) for the Falcons. After starting every possible game of his first eight NFL seasons, Levitre missed three regular-season games and both of Atlanta's playoff contests last season with a torn triceps.
Ben Garland, who is a restricted free agent, started in Levitre's stead last season. The team also took O-lineman Sean Harlow of Oregon State in the fourth round of the 2017 draft.
It's unclear what changes were made to Reed's deal, but a straight pay cut seems most likely for the 31-year-old, who was set to count $5.4 million against the cap in 2018.
Reed joined Atlanta on a five-year, $22.5 million contract in March of 2015. In 44 games (26 starts) over the last three seasons, he has 83 tackles and six sacks, four of which came in 2017.
The Falcons are currently estimated to have $15-20 million in available cap space, with some of that room likely earmarked for an extension for 2016 MVP Matt Ryan this offseason.
--Field Level Media
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