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54 DeAndre Levy OLB

Detroit Lions

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Lions start up negotiations with LB DeAndre Levy
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has announced that his team has begun contract negotiations with outside linebacker DeAndre Levy.

"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.

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Lions have not started contract talks with DeAndre Levy
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Although Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy can become a free agent after the 2015 season, Lions president Tom Lewand said the team has not opened up discussions with Levy, reports MLive.com.

"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.

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Locking up DeAndre Levy is not high priority for Lions
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

With linebacker DeAndre Levy already signed for the 2015 season, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said signing Levy to a long-term deal will have to wait, reports MLive.com.

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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DeAndre Levy picks up right where he left off last season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy was an interception machine last season. He picked up where he left off with an interception in Week 1 against the Giants. Levy made a diving catch to intercept Eli Manning in the third quarter. He finished with with a team-high 10 tackles (nine solo), two tackles for a loss and one pass defended in a 35-14 victory.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2009Detroit Lions168561.0240155.0505
2010Detroit Lions117250.022024120.53014
2011Detroit Lions1610973.0361177.0701
2012Detroit Lions148257.02501-1-1.0-103
2013Detroit Lions1611985.034067612.766115
2014Detroit Lions16151117.0342.511313.01304
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2009Detroit Lions1610120020
2010Detroit Lions1100002020
2011Detroit Lions1600100000
2012Detroit Lions1400001010
2013Detroit Lions1600000000
2014Detroit Lions1600000000
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