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

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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.

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