Detroit released its star linebacker on Thursday, the team announced shortly after the start of the new league year.
Levy signed a four-year contract worth $33.74 million is 2015, coming off a massive 2014 season, in which he compiled 151 tackles, 2.5 sacks, four passes defended and one interception.
The past two seasons, however, the 29-year-old has been plagued by injury. Levy played in just six games after signing his contract. Despite being thin at the linebacker position, Detroit decided it was time to cut bait on Levy.
The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett reports the Lions will designate the release as a June 1 cut, which will save the Lions some salary cap room this season, but they must carry the cap number until June. The designation will eventually save the $5.825 million, per OverTheCap.com.