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Extension Between Lions & LB DeAndre Levy Possible This Summer

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media mentioned Lions OLB DeAndre Levy as a candidate who could receive a long-term extension in the weeks leading up to the start of the regular season.

  • According to Rapoport, Detroit views Levy as being “essential” to their team and chose to keep him over Justin Durant a few years ago.
  • Levy has proven to be a star for the Lions and Rapoport expects him to cash in at some point.

Lions GM Martin Mayhew told reporters a few months ago that he had spoken to Levy’s representatives regarding a contract extension, per Tim Twentyman.

Levy is one of two outside linebackers in a 4-3 defense, along with Buccaneers’ Lavonte David, in line for huge deals, so it will be interesting to hear what kind of numbers are being discussed in either case.

Levy, 28, is coming off of a breakout season for Detroit and is, arguably, the Lions best defensive player now that they’ve lost DT Ndamukong Suh to the Dolphins.

He still has another year remaining on his three-year, $9.75 million contract that included $3 million guaranteed. Levy stand to make a base salary of $3.5 million for the 2015 season.

In 2014, Levy recorded 151 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one interception, five pass defenses and a safety for the Lions over the course of 16 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 3 outside linebacker in 4-3 defense out of 40 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Levy and a possible extension as the news is available.