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Lions, DeAndre Levy agree to terms on an extension

Posted Aug 5, 2015

Linebacker DeAndre Levy is going to be a Detroit Lion for the foreseeable future.

Linebacker DeAndre Levy is going to be a Detroit Lion for the foreseeable future.

One day after Lions general manager Martin Mayhew talked about the importance of keeping Levy, the team and Levy agreed on a new four-year contract. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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Levy was entering the final year of a three-year, $9.7 million deal he signed back in 2013. It's expected that he received a considerable and well-deserved raise.

A third-round pick by the Lions out of Wisconsin back in 2009, Levy has developed into one of the best 4-3 outside linebackers in the NFL.

"He is the kind of person that we want to be part of the nucleus of this franchise for years to come," team president Tom Lewand said Wednesday night before the team's open practice at Novi High.

"He has shown throughout his career with us that he is deserving of not only the contract he received today but of the status of being part of that nucleus."

Levy has 270 tackles over the last two years. He was a second-team All-Pro a season ago and is considered by most to be the best 4-3 outside linebacker in the game.

He led the NFL with 117 solo tackles last year and recorded at least 10 tackles in 11 games last season.

"He's instinctive," head coach Jim Caldwell said. "No. 1, he's an extremely hard worker. I had a conversation with him this morning in the weight room early.

"He has a routine that's unnatural because he works so hard. His body is fine tuned. He knows himself. But also, he studies. He studies the game and works at it and tries to be the absolute best he can be."

Caldwell said Levy was always a player he had to account for as an opposing offensive coordinator playing the Lions.

Signing Levy to an extension has been a priority for the Lions all offseason.

"He's a heck of a football player, just a playmaker on our defense versus the run and the pass," Mayhew said Tuesday. "The guy's an impact player, so we definitely want to keep him on our defense.

“It's very important to our football team. His leadership is also excellent and professional in every sense of the word, so he has a lot of value to us and he's one of our own guys so we want to definitely keep him around."