Levy and the Lions agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported that Levy's deal will keep him in Detroit through 2019. The deal is worth $33.72 million with $20 million in guarantees, according to a source informed of the deal, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Levy also finished second in the league with six interceptions in 2013 and ranked behind just Khalil Mack and Von Miller among all 4-3 outside 'backers last season, per Pro Football Focus. His game tape shows the skills of a complete defender, with the ability to chase down runners at the boundary, cover pass-catchers and drill into the backfield. Levy was especially powerful against the run in 2014.
Filling the Suh void won't be easy, but Levy gives Detroit a new leader to lean on. Especially after he went out of his way to say that "Suh didn't make the defense," with Levy reminding reporters: "We had a lot of guys last year playing their best football."
One of those guys just got paid.