"We've had some dialogue with him," he told MLive.com. "and I think it's ongoing at this point."
Levy is entering the final year of a $9.75 million contract he signed with the team in 2013. He thrived a year ago, contributing to a career-high 117 tackles and adding 2 1/2 sacks.
"It's way too early to be getting into any of those discussions," Lewand said. "I do think that you can have guidelines when it comes to negotiating. I'm not sure that when it comes to negotiating that policies or guidelines are ever absolute. We've done deals during the season, we've had deals where we don't talk during the season. In the case of DeAndre, we haven't even begun conversations with him, so I wouldn't know where those would take us, and we'll see where it goes, but every circumstance is a little bit different. We'll see where those conversations, once they start, take us."
In 2014, Levy produced 151 tackles and one interception.
The Lions are currently discussing a contract with Ndamukong Suh and Mayhew said the team needs to concentrate on getting that deal done before any other moves can be made.
"[A long-term extension for Levy] may make sense, it may not," Mayhew said. "I'm not opposed to it. I obviously want him to be here a long time, but, you know, we obviously have some other big fish in the pan right now."
Levy will be a free agent after the 2015 season and Mayhew said he wants to keep Levy with the Lions.
"He's been outstanding, should have been in the Pro Bowl," Mayhew said. "He's one of the best 4-3 outside linebackers in the NFL, without question. You want to keep guys like that."
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