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Lions stay optimistic about re-signing Stephen Tulloch

Detroit Lions Stephen Tulloch celebrates in the end zone his touch down against Minnesota Vikings during the first half of their NFL football game in Detroit Reuters

We’re almost a full week into 2012 NFL free agency, and the inside linebacker market is still in a bit of a holding pattern. Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, and London Fletcher all remain unsigned.

Perhaps the best free agent inside linebacker is Stephen Tulloch, who paced the Lions in tackles last season. Detroit wants him back, and G.M. Martin Mayhew is optimistic the sides will be able to strike a deal after a series of “very productive conversations” in recent days.

“We’re very hopeful we can reach an agreement with him sometime soon,” Mayhew said Monday, per the Detroit Free Press. “… We’re going to continue to pursue Stephen and try and get Stephen signed. He knows our defense. Coach [Jim] Schwartz is very familiar with him. He’s a leader on our football team.”

Mayhew plans to contact Tulloch’s agent on Tuesday.

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9 Responses to “Lions stay optimistic about re-signing Stephen Tulloch”
  1. nflfollower says: Mar 20, 2012 10:55 AM

    Tulloch should just sign. Doesn’t sound like a lot of interest in him elsewhere in the league

  2. thekiy says: Mar 20, 2012 11:05 AM

    He’d be resigned already if D’Qwell Jacksons deal hadn’t completely blown the ILB market.

    I’m sorry, it’s a devalued position. $9M/year is nuts.

  3. specialteamsposter says: Mar 20, 2012 11:16 AM

    Tulloch is the very definition of mediocrity at MLB. Decent, but not great, against the run. Lacks quickness and cover skills vs. the pass. Lions fans still waiting for the next Chris Speilman.

  4. joeyballgame4 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:17 AM

    yep. browns overpaying jackson literally ruined the ILB market. i feel so bad for their fans.

    -i’m a a lions fan

  5. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Mar 20, 2012 11:33 AM

    @specialteamsposter

    Did you say Chris Speilman???

    Ahhhhh …. the good ol days

  6. icdogg says: Mar 20, 2012 11:55 AM

    You have to figure the LB market will start heating up soon.

  7. cotts1 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:43 PM

    Tulloch is most certainly not the best of that free agent LB group. As another poster indicated above, he is completely mediocre.

  8. jimmylions says: Mar 20, 2012 1:51 PM

    I’m glad this deal is getting worked out.

    I think there is something to be said for bringing back all the key players from last year’s defense. They played better than anyone expected, and even had games where they actually humiliated the opposition (Tebow). I’m hoping that bringing them all back will enable them gel into a stronger group.

    The sore spot is the defensive backfield – not enough depth (injuries were a big problem last year), and unfortunately not enough talent. That’s where I’m hoping to see a major upgrade.

  9. sergiofromdade says: Mar 20, 2012 2:12 PM

    he’s definetely not the best, but he’s solid, he’s a leader, and has a nose for the ball…

    He’s like a young Zach Thomas, undersized, not the strongest… but his head is on right, and others follow his lead, probably getting him cheap too…

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