Lions LB Tulloch living the dream with 5-year deal

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch says he's living his dream.

Tulloch knows he's wanted after being overlooked for his lack of size and speed.

The Miami native says signing his five-year contract Wednesday and sharing the spotlight with his family the next day at a news conference was a moment he's wanted his whole life.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz were pretty fired up about it, too. They've been able to retain all the players, other than cornerback Eric Wright, they wanted back from the franchise's first playoff team since the 1999 season.

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.