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Justin Durant reiterates his wish to be a Detroit Lion in 2013 and beyond

Posted Mar 1, 2013

A free agent come March 12, Justin Durant tells Sirius NFL Radio he would like to return to Detroit

Justin DurantFree agent linebacker Justin Durant, who led the Detroit Lions with 82 solo tackles this past season and finished with 103 total tackles, reiterated Friday on Sirius NFL Radio that he wishes to return to the Lions in 2013.

"I definitely want to come back to the Lions and I hope we’ll be able to get something going," Durant said.

"My agent (Adisa Bakari) said he’s talked to them a little bit and it sounded pretty good. Hopefully we’ll get something done."

Durant signed a two-year, $5.5-million deal with the Lions in 2011 during the strike-shorted offseason and said he knows what the free agent process entails.

"It’s not where you’d like to be," he said. "You’d like to be in a comforting place knowing where you’re going to be and not hearing all these questions, but its just part of the game."

This is Durant's third time through the free agent process. He signed with Detroit after his first four seasons in the league in Jacksonville. Since joining the Lions, Durant has started 23 of the 25 games he’s played in.

Durant and fellow starter DeAndre Levy are both unrestricted free agents this offseason.

The Lions would like to keep both players. If that isn't in the cards, the team drafted linebackers Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis last April and also re-signed Ashlee Palmer at the end of the season.

"The people in the (Lions’) front office are very smart and they’re very particular about what they want and the direction they want to go in, so they may want to go in a different direction, and that’s totally understandable," he said.

"Like I said, hopefully that’s not the way it goes, but I’ve been playing this game a long time, I’ve seen a lot of stuff, and I understand anything is possible."

A huge fan of music, Durant is currently in New York City shadowing the MTV show "Week In Jams" learning the creative and production side of the music television industry.