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Lions sign Levy, Hilliard to RFA tenders

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The Detroit Lions announced on Monday that linebacker DeAndre Levy and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard have signed restricted free agent tenders, and will remain with Detroit for the 2012 season.

Levy, 25, recorded a career-high 109 tackles in 2011, his third season with the team. The Wisconsin alum also forced a fumble, intercepted a pass, and made his first career sack, the latter coming in a 34-28 win over the Vikings on December 11. The Wisconsin alum was third-round pick of the Lions (76th overall) in the 2009 draft.

Hilliard, 26, played in all 16 games for the Lions during the regular season for the second consecutive year. Originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2007 (209th overall), Hilliard played a total of five games for the Colts in 2007 and 2008 before signing with Cleveland, where he spent most of 2009 on the practice squad. The Lions signed the Oklahoma State grad off of the Browns' practice squad in December 2009, and he made his Lions debut the following season.

The Lions went 10-6 in 2011, and made the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. They lost to the New Orleans Saints in the wild card round.

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