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Eagles shouldn't trade for Andy Levitre, but should hope the Titans release him

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Here's a potential opportunity for the Eagles.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

While the Philadelphia Eagles won't officially commit to Andrew Gardner as the team's starting right guard, all signs point to him being the guy. Gardner has taken the majority of first team right guard reps in training camp. He's also made two starts at the position so far this preseason. Gardner has been a major liability, but the Eagles could certainly upgrade at the position. The only problem is the Eagles don't really have many upgrades available to them right now.

But perhaps that could soon change. It sounds like Titans' left guard Andy Levitre could be on the outs in Tennessee. Despite signing a massive six-year contract worth $46.8 million during the 2013 offseason, Levitre has been relegated to backup duty in the Titans' last two preseason games. Titans offseason signing Byron Bell has been taking first team reps at left guard in practice.

NFL Insider Jason Cole recently said he expects the Titans to move on from Levitre before the season. He also listed the Eagles as one of the "logical landing spots" for the 29-year-old guard. Trading for Levitre wouldn't make a ton of sense for the Eagles, however. Philadelphia doesn't need to take on his hefty contract, which features a $8.6 million cap hit this season. Not to mention that the Eagles would have to give up some kind of asset to get him.

However, if the Titans end up cutting Levitre, that's a different story. He could be worth a flyer on the open market. While Levitre struggled last season, there is a chance he could always recapture the form that once made him a coveted free agent. For what it's worth, these are Levitre's Pro Football Focus grades since entering the NFL as a rookie:

2009 - 72nd out of 84 guards

2010 - 36th out of 82 guards

2011 - 5th out of 78 guards

2012 - 8th out of 81 guards

2013 - 13th out of 81 guards

2014 - 45th out of 78 guards

At his best, Levitre could be a good starting option for the Eagles. There's no telling how close Levitre is to playing at his best, however.

In any case, the Eagles should keep an eye on the Levitre situation moving forward. If he gets cut, perhaps Philadelphia could sell him on the idea of being a backup with the chance to start if Gardner struggles.