The Detroit Lions announced a three-years extension on Monday, adding two more years to the deal of linebacker DeAndre Levy.
Levy, 32, will earn $12.5 million this season, $15.5 to $18 million in each of the next two seasons, according to a league source.
He will also receive $10 million in guaranteed money.
Laws that are currently in place limit a player’s base salary to $11 million and the maximum amount of guaranteed money to $15 million.
That was not the case in the past, but it is now.
In addition, Levy will have one year remaining on his contract, which expires at the end of the 2019 season.
It is not known when Levy will be able to sign an extension.
The move will be a boost for the Lions after Levy was the team’s No. 1 player this season after he was voted the team�s best linebacker by Pro Football Focus.
The linebacker also led the league with five interceptions.
Lions general manager Bob Quinn said he did not want to make any decisions about the future until the final few weeks of the season.
The Lions have two remaining free agents on their roster, running back Jahvid Best and cornerback Brandon Browner.
The club has a slew of free agents after the team traded for linebacker Ndamukong Suh, who was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a second-round pick.
Leeds offensive tackle Tyler Dorsey was released by the Eagles in March.
The deal for Levy comes as the Lions continue to rebuild.
Levy, who is the team captain, played in three games this season because of a torn ACL in his left knee.