The DeAndre Levy era in Detroit has come to an end.
According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions are set to release long-time LB DeAndre Levy after eight years with the team.
The #Lions are releasing long-time star LB DeAndre Levy, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
The Lions are releasing DeAndre Levy today, per a source.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 9, 2017
According to ProFootballTalk, cutting Levy allows the Lions to avoid having $1.75 million of his salary become guaranteed this weekend. Dave Birkett added 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.
The Lions drafted Levy in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. He leaves after eight years of service with the Lions, although final two years with the team were marred with injury, appearing in only six total games.
— DeMino (@NClionsfan09) March 9, 2017
Not surprised at the Levy release. A great player – one of the Top 100 @lions ever – whose career was wiped out by injury.
— Doug Warren (@iamDougWarren) March 9, 2017
@davebirkett Pay all that money and now he is healthy and let him go?!?
— WACKAFLACKA🥃 (@frankbaumgoblue) March 9, 2017