NOVI, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have agreed to a four-year contract extension with linebacker DeAndre Levy.

Team President Tom Lewand confirmed the agreement before Detroit's practice Wednesday night. General manager Martin Mayhew had said the previous day that the Lions were negotiating with the 28-year-old Levy, whose contract was up at the end of this season.

Levy had a career-high 151 tackles (117 solo) last season and is entering his seventh season with Detroit.

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Securing Levy's services for the next few years is an important move for the Lions, who were unable to sign star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to an extension last year. Suh ended up leaving via free agency this past offseason.

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