Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017
BY DAN ZIELINSKI
After first signing a pair of tight ends in Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendrick and then adding a pair of defensive players, now is the time for Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson to take a chance on free-agent middle linebacker DeAndre Levy.
A Milwaukee native, Levy played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin before spending the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the Detroit Lions, who released him on March 9.
Levy, 29, has played in just six games the last two seasons, missing all of 2015 with a hip injury and most of last season with a knee injury. His inability to perform the last two seasons made his $8.39 million cap hit for this upcoming season higher than his current value.
Even with his recent injury history, though, Levy is worth taking a flyer on.
Prior to his injuries, Levy was one of the top middle linebackers in football. In 2014, he finished second in the NFL with 151 tackles and was a Pro Bowl-caliber linebacker, playing in all 16 games.
While a lot depends on his health, the Packers should entertain the idea of signing Levy. It would be a low-risk move with the potential to turn into a massive pay off, if Levy returns to anywhere near his 2014 form.