The general assumption heading into this offseason was that the Detroit Lions were likely to re-sign only one of their two outside linebackers eligible to become unrestricted free agents.
The logical conclusion was that they'd want to bring back Justin Durant and were more likely to let DeAndre Levy go elsewhere.
On Wednesday, however, the Lions re-signed Levy to a multi-year contract, according to the team's website.
Levy was a third-round pick by the Lions out of Wisconsin in 2009, which was Martin Mayhew's first draft as general manager.
You can understand why Mayhew would want to see Levy continue to develop in Detroit.
Terms of the deal were not released, but there's not much doubt that the Lions got Levy for a good price. Otherwise, they couldn't have afforded to make the move because of salary-cap considerations.
Levy (6-foot-2, 238 pounds) was arguably one of the Lions' most consistent defensive players for the first half of the season in 2012.