The Detroit Lions were faced with the possibility of losing both of their starting outside linebackers in free agency. Now, they only need worry about one.
According to the team’s official website, the Lions have come to terms with DeAndre Levy, keeping him from hitting the open market next week:
The Lions and Levy agreed to terms on a new multi-year contract, according to league sources. Specifics of the deal were not known.
While I would have made re-signing Justin Durant a higher priority, it is possible the Lions didn’t want to enter the free agency period without either locked up and Levy may have been the cheaper option. Given the team’s desire to be active in free agency despite their limited cap space, the decision may have been as simple as that.
Given the fact that the Lions had previously re-upped with Ashlee Palmer, and drafted Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis a year ago, it seems unlikely Durant will be re-signed before the start of free agency, if at all. He has indicated a desire to return to the Lions and was generally a better performer than Levy, but the financial constraints might be too much to overcome.