Levy led the team in tackles a year ago with 117, added a career-high 2 1/2 sacks and is one of the best outside linebackers in the league.
"He's a heck of a football player, just a playmaker on our defense versus the run and the pass," Lions GM Martin Mayhew said. "The guy's an impact player, so we definitely want to keep him on our defense."
Levy led the team in tackles a year ago with 117 and added a career-high 2 1/2 sacks. He has contributed to 270 tackles over the last two seasons combined.
"[Levy's] a heck of a football player, just a playmaker on our defense," Mayhew said before training camp Tuesday. "Versus the run and the pass, the guy's an impact player, so we definitely want to keep him on our defense — very important to our football team. His leadership is also excellent, 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."
Ngata is entering his first season with the Lions after being traded from Baltimore in March.
"He's a phenomenal player," Mayhew said. "He can be an impact player for us as well along the defensive line. I don't really need to see a whole lot more. … I've seen enough to know that I want to have him around."
"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.
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