Lions stay optimistic about re-signing Stephen Tulloch


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.

9 responses to “Lions stay optimistic about re-signing Stephen Tulloch

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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