AP source: Lions agreed to 5-yr deal with Tulloch



DETROIT (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Detroit Lions and linebacker Stephen Tulloch have agreed to a five-year contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the transaction hadn’t been announced.

Re-signing Tulloch was one of the Lions’ top priorities this offseason. They extended Calvin Johnson’s contract, retained Cliff Avril with a franchise tag and re-signed Jeff Backus and Shaun Hill. The only player Detroit wanted back that won’t return is cornerback Eric Wright.

Tulloch made a team-high 111 tackles with the Lions after signing a one-year deal last summer. He led Tennessee in tackles the previous two years after being drafted by the Titans in 2006.


AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner in New York contributed to this report.