March 2, 2013
By using the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd, the Bills effectively escorted pending free agent offensive lineman Andy Levitre toward the door.
But he said Friday he'd still love to hear from them before he walks away.
Levitre told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News he's still waiting for an offer from the Bills.
"I'm in limbo right now," Levitre said. "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."
The fifth-year offensive lineman has been durable and dependable for the Bills, having started every game and played every position. The former second-round pick also sounds like he's eager to hear from the Bills to gauge his value. He's inclined to stay if possible, but doesn't know if they want him.
"It's an exciting time for me, being able to have this opportunity," Levitre said of becoming a free agent. "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."
If nothing else, it would give him something to carry around to compare to others when the league's official tampering period begins next weekend.