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Lions expected to release DeAndre Levy

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The big stories on the first day of a new NFL year focus on additions that teams are making via free agency or trades, but there are also deletions from rosters around the league.

It appears the Lions will be making one of those deletions. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions will release linebacker DeAndre Levy on Thursday.

The move comes about a week after Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said at a Scouting Combine press conference that “as of today” he felt like Levy would “be back next year.” The last few days obviously saw enough minds change in Detroit that Levy will be headed for the open market.

Cutting Levy now allows the Lions to avoid having $1.75 million of his salary become guaranteed this weekend. Birkett adds that he’ll be designated as a post-June 1 cut, which allows the Lions to save more money under the cap without being able to use it until after that date.

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10 Responses to “Lions expected to release DeAndre Levy”
  1. lionsfan123 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:09 PM

    Bad move by the Lions…1st bad move since Quinn got to Detroit.

    Kind of glad though. Detroit fans are complete sheep when it comes to this guy. They think he’s lost his heart and no longer wants to play.

    Fortunately, he’ll have a chance to prove all of the sheep wrong.

  2. smstonerock says: Mar 9, 2017 3:15 PM

    So sad, he was so good when he was healthy. I’ll never forget when he locked down Jordy Nelson in man coverage to seal the victory. You will be missed.

  3. tyrobjenkins says: Mar 9, 2017 3:20 PM


  4. gmen5280 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:22 PM

    Looked like he was coming into his prime in 2014, then injuries derailed him. Only 5 games since 2014, not many opportunities for a 29yr old injury prone LB.

  5. manderson4150 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:46 PM

    Amen….wanted to be a writer more than a player…..

  6. maddmatter5 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:54 PM

    People dislike Levy because he was outspoken and felt like he milked his injury.

    Don’t really understand the move because he was a great player when healthy. Unfortunately he hasn’t been healthy. Still don’t understand it because it’s not like we have a lot of NFL quality linebackers on the team.

  7. hotlasagna says: Mar 9, 2017 4:04 PM

    Great LB a 4 years ago when he was healthy. This move needed to be made.

  8. stairwayto7 says: Mar 9, 2017 5:18 PM

    An overrated player.

    Joe Paterno

  9. purpleguy says: Mar 9, 2017 5:30 PM

    The only reason for this that I can see is that he’s never fully regained his health.

  10. whooligun says: Mar 9, 2017 5:31 PM

    Really good player. Suh made him look great.

    Lions are gonna miss the playoffs this year.

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