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Lions sign Stephen Tulloch

Stephen Tulloch is heading to Detroit.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Lions have signed Tulloch, a free agent linebacker who has played his entire five-year career with the Titans.

Signing with Detroit reunites Tulloch with Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, who was the Titans’ defensive coordinator during Tulloch’s first three years in the league, 2006-08.

Tulloch started all 16 games for the Titans last season and is expected to be a starter with the Lions.

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41 Responses to “Lions sign Stephen Tulloch”
  1. Knightlines says: Jul 31, 2011 9:15 AM

    GREAT MOVE! If they get a corner, wow. The Lions are well on there way up.

  2. powerplay007 says: Jul 31, 2011 9:21 AM

    Now that’s what I’m talkin about!

  3. lionpride10 says: Jul 31, 2011 9:23 AM

    The lions now have the best front seven in football. This year the defense will finally be able to stop the run and pressure the quarterback

  4. truebluelionsfanrob says: Jul 31, 2011 9:31 AM

    Holy hell yeah!!!!!! It’s starting to look better everyday!

  5. cashed1980 says: Jul 31, 2011 9:31 AM

    Yes……I don’t see any holes in the front seven now.

  6. bubbajon46 says: Jul 31, 2011 9:32 AM


  7. dewalt2990 says: Jul 31, 2011 9:34 AM

    Let the reign begin.

  8. lionsfaninma says: Jul 31, 2011 9:35 AM

    That’s the way to fix the front seven, Martin! Now get us another corner and let’s get it on!

  9. mattyc says: Jul 31, 2011 9:46 AM


    They got an excellent corner in Eric Wright. Wright had a bad 2010 due to miscommunications with a young safety tandem & Rob Ryans tendencies to leave corners on an island by themselves. He will revive himself quickly in Detriot.

    Lions are making some excellent moves that seem to be cap friendly too. I expect the Lions to be very good this season!

  10. lks311 says: Jul 31, 2011 9:47 AM

    Lions are acting like an honest to goodness NFL franchise. Have a plan and sticking to it. Not signing old retreads, but mid-20’s players on their second contract. Used Barnett to leverage Tulloch—almost Belichick like in it’s callousness. Love it.

  11. erichipple says: Jul 31, 2011 9:48 AM

    Lions are gonna have their best team since I was lining up under center!

  12. jw731 says: Jul 31, 2011 9:56 AM

    Damn……The Lions are really building one hell of a defense…..I’m not a Lions fan, but i love watching defensive teams knock the snot out of opponents…..It’s what football is all about….Of course when they play the Eagles, i will call them overated……lol

  13. camjon32 says: Jul 31, 2011 9:58 AM

    I sure would like to see them be aggressive in pursuing Samuel…maybe sign Barnett and trade?

  14. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jul 31, 2011 10:02 AM

    Step 1: Hurt Aaron Rodgers.
    step 2: Win the Division.

  15. freebird2011 says: Jul 31, 2011 10:05 AM

    It will be interesting to hear the rationale behind why it’s a one year deal for $3.25 Million with $1.8 Million guaranteed.

  16. warsal says: Jul 31, 2011 10:05 AM

    hell yes! Got the first choice, now if they can ink Barnett too why the he!! not!!??

  17. pbolyard says: Jul 31, 2011 10:07 AM

    Way to go Lions front office!! What a great fit for The Swartz’s defense!!

  18. gman41 says: Jul 31, 2011 10:08 AM

    Tulloch and Durant will compliment Levy nicely at LB. This front seven should be very solid. Doesn’t matter who they put at DB they should have a easier time covering in 3rd and long situations with a good pass rush. Can you say 10-6??????

  19. freebird2011 says: Jul 31, 2011 10:10 AM

    Nick Barnett’s impending arrival probably had a lot to do with the timing. In this game of LB musical chairs, Rosenhaus couldn’t afford to have his client be the last one without a chair and given the Lions clear and early interest, blowing that one may have left Tulloch in the same position as Leigh Bodden, who ended up signing a veteran minimum deal with NE in 2009 after overestimating his market value.

  20. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 31, 2011 10:18 AM

    The NFC North should be very interesting this year. That’s for sure.

  21. whoknowsnothing says: Jul 31, 2011 10:37 AM

    Detroit has slowly built themselves a contender and continue to improve their team, but they still need Stafford to stay healthy.

  22. sws222 says: Jul 31, 2011 10:53 AM

    To: Minnesota Vikings Front Office


    Can I get out of the contract I just signed?

    Donovan Mc Nabb

  23. dracko19 says: Jul 31, 2011 10:57 AM

    I’ve been watching the free agent tracker at espn here: Scouts rank the FA’s on a scale of 100. Elite guys get 90+ and there is only like 1 of those at any position available for megabucks. The top value guys are your solid starters in the 70s-80s range. The lions are collecting DBs and LBs in the mid to high 70s. With their front line, it should be more than enough. Rock on Lions!

  24. corysowa says: Jul 31, 2011 11:00 AM

    Dear Lions’ fans: Have fun getting torched by every tight-end you play this season.

    A Titans Fan

  25. shawnmi4444 says: Jul 31, 2011 11:33 AM

    Titans fan….it would be hard to pin all of your tight end coverage problems on your middle linebacker. Outside guys pull that responsibility. Middle linebackers drop into the zone or chase the running back into the flat typically. I think Detroit has themselves in good position against the pass to tightends. They are going to have to chip before getting of as is.

  26. shawnmi4444 says: Jul 31, 2011 11:39 AM

    Camjon32….good idea. My only fear however would be that we would set a bad example to the next guys we are after. Signing and trading is kind of deceiving. I hope that it is done correctly if they do so at all, but seems a bit thin. Although, I did hear that Phili was after a LB. I did see that they traded DT Broderick Bunkley though. That may open the door for a DT Corey Williams move. Thoughts?

  27. darthhitman says: Jul 31, 2011 11:39 AM

    corysowa says: Jul 31, 2011 11:00 AM

    Dear Lions’ fans: Have fun getting torched by every tight-end you play this season.

    A Titans Fan

    Okay, who could cover anybody with it taking your DL 10 minutes to catch of whiff of the opposing QBs cologne? With the amount of time QBs will have against our front 4 Sleepy Smurf could cover T.O

  28. kmurph1226 says: Jul 31, 2011 11:40 AM

    If they got Cromartie Aka 7-6-5 (7 children, 6 women, 5 states), they could seriously contend for the top wildcard spot.

  29. isphet71 says: Jul 31, 2011 12:04 PM

    Dear Corysowa,

    If that happens, we can blame the outside LBs, not Tulloch.

    A Lions Fan

  30. jacksaysfu says: Jul 31, 2011 12:15 PM

    Dear Detroit fans,
    Win that division …Go get those packers! !!!
    Eagles Fans

  31. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 31, 2011 12:23 PM

    May the Schwartz be with you!

  32. rockyourfaceoff says: Jul 31, 2011 1:11 PM


  33. detroitrollin22 says: Jul 31, 2011 1:16 PM

    Hopefully after his one year in Detroit he’ll wanna stick around and sign a longterm deal. I dont want him to be another Larry Foote!!!!

  34. liontomyself says: Jul 31, 2011 1:42 PM

    Oh he!! YES!!!!…….in a few years, I may no longer be Liontomyself!!!

  35. brianbowman16 says: Jul 31, 2011 2:00 PM

    Sports radio here in Detroit absolutely had all of us Lions fans thinking we were completely out of the running for Tulloch so this is a VERY pleasant sunday!

  36. woodyg says: Jul 31, 2011 2:10 PM

    Good signing by the resurgent Lions ……

    They have now moved from a 5 win season to a 6 win season …… Can 8-8 be that many years off ??

  37. gosuhgo says: Jul 31, 2011 2:11 PM

    man I love wakin up to good news!

  38. buzzardpointlookout says: Jul 31, 2011 2:32 PM

    Finally!! A true MLB who knows the scheme is exactly what we needed in the ‘D’.

    Oh, yeah. We got rid if of that waste of oxygen Jordon Dizon, too.

  39. teal379 says: Jul 31, 2011 3:36 PM

    Glad to see Detroit finely becoming a force in the division. Will make Thanksgiving fun for once.

    That said – when GB lines up 5 wide – Cobb, Finely, Driver, Jennings, and Jones, who covers whom?

    I can see you feeling your oats but you still need to realize there are teams above you that can still cause you issues.

  40. sws222 says: Jul 31, 2011 5:18 PM

    teal 379,

    You bring up an interesting problem. I think in that case, we let all 5 go, and Suh, Fairley, and VB just rip Rodgers head off.

    Above us? You better start looking down, then!

  41. klunge says: Aug 1, 2011 12:37 AM

    teal379 says:
    That said – when GB lines up 5 wide – Cobb, Finely, Driver, Jennings, and Jones, who covers whom?
    The real question is: Who’s covering Aaron Rodgers’ spleen? Cuz that’s where the ball’s going.

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