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DeAndre Levy | Linebacker

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 235
College: Wisconsin
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Lions signed WLB DeAndre Levy to a four-year contract extension through 2019.
GM Martin Mayhew called re-signing Levy, who was entering the final year of his deal, a priority this summer. The 28-year-old didn't miss a single snap last season and graded out as a top-three 4-3 outside linebacker at Pro Football Focus after finishing No. 9 the previous year. Levy received extremely strong marks for his run defense and pass rush. He's also no slouch in coverage. With Ndamukong Suh gone, Levy is the glue of Detroit's defense. Aug 5 - 2:29 PM

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The Lions continue to have long-term talks with contract-year WLB DeAndre Levy.'s Ian Rapoport reported late last month that the Lions viewed locking Levy up as "essential." GM Martin Mayhew gushed about Levy on Tuesday. "The guy's an impact player, so we definitely want to keep him on our defense," Mayhew said. "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." It sounds like a deal should be worked out before Week 1.
Aug 4 - 5:05 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Lions WLB DeAndre Levy remains a candidate for a contract extension.

Per Rapsheet, the Lions view their contract-year linebacker as "essential." The sides began talks in April. It sounds like an agreement will likely be hammered out before Week 1. Headed into his age-28 season, Levy is one of the top weak-side linebackers in the league.
Jul 27 - 4:15 PM

The Lions have begun contract extension talks with WLB DeAndre Levy.

One of the best "Will" 'backers in the game, Levy can also play middle linebacker in sub-packages. 28 years old, Levy is entering a contract season.
Apr 24 - 1:39 PM

The Lions plan to open extension talks with WLB DeAndre Levy.

Levy is entering the final season of a three-year, $9.8M deal. With Detroit moving on from Ndamukong Suh, Levy and Haloti Ngata are candidates for extensions. Levy has been one of the league's best outside linebackers the last two seasons. He finished behind only Khalil Mack and Von Miller in PFF's 2014 ratings.
Apr 8 - 5:07 PM

The Lions haven't opened extension talks with WLB DeAndre Levy yet.

The Lions likely want to hold off another year on Levy's extension as they are carrying a bunch of dead money in 2015 (Reggie Bush, Ndamukong Suh, Chris Houston). The problem with that is his contract is up following the season. If Levy makes it to the open market, he'll have plenty of suitors as he's emerged as one of the game's top 4-3 outside linebackers, especially against the run.
Apr 7 - 11:17 AM

New Lions DC Teryl Austin is expected to employ DeAndre Levy as a strict weak-side linebacker.

Levy played the majority of his snaps on the weak side under coach Jim Schwartz and DC Gunther Cunningham last season, but moved around some and had a breakout campaign. He was a stud in coverage, reeling in six interceptions and breaking up 15 passes. With rookie Kyle Van Noy now in the picture on the strong side, Levy will man WILL with Stephen Tulloch at MIKE.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 02:17:00 PM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy was among the league's best linebackers in coverage this season.

While he struggled at times against the run, Levy recorded an impressive six interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Levy graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 4 out of 132 qualifying linebackers in coverage for the 2013 regular season.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Lions agreed to terms with WLB DeAndre Levy on a three-year contract.

Struggling through a hamstring injury last season, Levy graded out 41st among 43 qualifying 4-3 outside linebackers according to ProFootballFocus. He posted 81 tackles, no sacks, no forced fumbles and one interception. Still, the cap-strapped Lions apparently see him as an affordable complement to every-down MLB Stephen Tulloch. Free agent SLB Justin Durant now appears unlikely to be back in Detroit.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 8.

He'll be replaced by undersized special teamer Ashlee Palmer against the Seahawks, upgrading Marshawn Lynch's fantasy matchup. Levy had 37 tackles in Detroit's initial six games. The extent of his hamstring injury is unknown.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 04:09:00 PM

Lions re-signed restricted free agent OLB DeAndre Levy to a one-year, $1.92 million contract.

Given the second-round tender, Levy plans to take part in offseason workouts beginning Monday. Among 4-3 linebackers, Pro Football Focus graded Levy slightly below average across the board in run support, coverage, and pass rushing efficiency last season. He's set to hit the open market in 2013.
Tue, Apr 10, 2012 07:06:00 PM

Lions OLB DeAndre Levy plans to sign his restricted free agent tender.

Levy was tendered at the second-round level, which would pay him $1.93 million next season. He's still penciled in at outside linebacker for now, but will be a candidate to shift to the middle if the Lions lose Stephen Tulloch in free agency.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 05:37:00 PM

Lions tendered contracts to restricted free agents OLB DeAndre Levy, DT Sammie Lee Hill and OT Corey Hilliard.

Levy has been tendered at the second-round level ($1.93 million), while Hill and Hilliard drew original-round tenders ($1.26 million). Levy is coming off a 109 tackle age-24 season, and keeping him figures to be a priority for the Lions. He could be an in-house candidate to take over at middle linebacker if Stephen Tulloch is lost to free agency.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 03:20:00 PM

Lions OLB DeAndre Levy left the locker room on crutches after Saturday's season-ending loss to the Saints.

Levy had a sleeve on his left leg after taking a hit from a helmet early in the game. Beat writer Dave Birkett calls it a "muscle bruise type of injury," so Levy should be fine with a full offseason to rest. A restricted free agent in 2012, Levy tallied 109 tackles in his age-24 season.
Sun, Jan 8, 2012 12:36:00 AM

Lions OLB DeAndre Levy leads the team in tackles with 36.

Despite a move from the middle to the weak side, Levy remains a tackling machine when healthy. He racked up a career-high 13 in Monday night's win over the Bears and had 10 tackles the week before that. Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch is second on the team with 32 tackles.
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 11:36:00 AM

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