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DeAndre Levy, Detroit Lions open contract talks
Chris Wesseling –

"After watching Ndamukong Suh defect to Miami, the Lions are working to ensure that another defensive star stays in Detroit.General manager Martin Mayhew revealed Friday, via the Detroit Free Press, that the team’s brass has opened contract talks with walk-year linebacker DeAndre Levy.“We’ve had some dialogue with him,” Mayhew said, “and I think it’s ongoing at this point.”"

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  • Quin, Mayhew weigh in on James Ihedigbo’s absence
    Tim Twentyman —

    "Glover Quin and James Ihedigbo (aka Digs) are close friends off the field. The Lions’ starting free and strong safety work out in Houston together in the offseason.On the field, they made up one of the best safety tandems in the NFL last year. Quin led the NFL with seven interceptions and made the Pro Bowl. Ihedigbo had 71 tackles, intercepted four passes, forced three fumbles, had a couple of sacks and was a Pro Bowl alternate.But while Quin is in Allen Park taking part in the team’s voluntary offseason training program, Ihedigbo, 31, is still back in Houston working out on his own."

    Re-Grading Detroit Lions’ Past 5 Drafts
    Brandon Alisoglu — Bleacher Report

    "The truth is that many on Twitter don’t appreciate the job Mayhew has done in turning this sad-sack franchise from winless road kill to jungle survivor. The Lions certainly haven’t been crowned at this point, and more than a few are quick to point that out. But are those statements legitimate indictments of the head man’s performance over the past five years? Or do they represent frustration over the lack of playoff wins?"

    A clubfooted kid, Brindza now has pro dreams
    Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

    "When Kyle Brindza made his medical rounds at the NFL combine in February, every team doctor he met asked about the same thing.Brindza was born with two clubfeet and wore casts on both legs for the first three months of his life.His right foot was worse than his left, and by the time he was in sixth grade he had undergone several surgeries to straighten his leg."

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