DeVries was released on February 24, but the feeling all along was that he would probably end up back with the Lions. The Lions expressed their interest in bringing him back at some point, and DeVries made it clear that he'd like to play in Detroit. The reason for his release was mainly because he was due a roster bonus, so the Lions let him go in order to avoid having to pay it.
DeVries' new contract will be one year and worth $1.7 million if he makes the team. Since DeVries' salary in his previous deal was $1.3 million for 2010, DeVries will have the opportunity to make his original salary plus the $400,000 roster bonus he missed out on. His contract will not be guaranteed, so whether or not he sees that $1.7 million hinges on if he makes the 53-man roster for the 2010 season. If he can stay healthy, I'd say the odds are in DeVries' favor, because he is a veteran player, a leader, and somebody who adds solid depth to the defensive end position.