The Lions made retaining their own players a priority this offseason and the news today that the team has agreed to a new five-year deal with middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch brings that goal to completion.
The Lions previously agreed to new deals with Jeff Backus and Shaun Hill and retained Cliff Avril via the franchise tag.
The free agency process can be contentious as players and teams may not see eye-to-eye at first and each side has the right to look around at other options. Any animosity that may have developed during negotiations are a thing of the past, here is what Stephen Tulloch tweeted after the news of his re-signing broke:
I want to thank all of the Detroit Lion fans for sticking with me through this process. This is a special team & I’m glad to be apart of it.
— Stephen Tulloch (@stephentulloch) March 20, 2012
The deal means the Lions will return 21 of their 22 starters from 2011 with Eric Wright being the only starter that will not be back. That combined with consistency in the coaching staff means the Lions will have a very nice base to build from heading into a new season.