The Detroit Lions have some decisions to make at outside linebacker this offseason. Justin Durant and DeAndre Levy are both set to become free agents and the Lions don’t project to have much room to work under the salary cap.
That could lead to one or both leaving town and it is possible they could get looks from the Chicago Bears.
Durant is one of several linebackers Jeff Dickerson listed as potential Bears free agent targets on ESPNChicago.com:
The Bears made a run at Durant two years ago in free agency before he signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal with Detroit following the NFL lockout. Durant has played well in a Lions’ uniform, registering 103 total tackles, while missing limited time due to injuries.
Levy is also mentioned, although less prominently:
The outside linebacker has started at least ten games in each of his four NFL seasons in Detroit. His best year came in 2011 when he tallied 109 tackles.
Losing Durant would hurt. Losing him to the Bears would hurt even more. He has expressed an interest in staying with the Lions but it remains to be seen if that interest is reciprocated by the Lions, or if it is even financially feasible. Durant has been far more productive and effective than Levy so if the Lions are forced to choose between the two, it should be Durant who stays in Honolulu blue.