Sep 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) defends a pass play intended for Tennessee Titans tight end Craig Stevens (88) during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Lions 44-41 in overtime. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

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Jim Washburn is already making an impact on Lions’ players
Tim Twentyman –

“He’s more scheme than a motivator,” said linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who spent his first five seasons in the NFL in Tennessee with Washburn.

“He understands what our defense is. He understands what helps this defense. I think him and Coach (Gunther) Cunningham will definitely be on the same page and help each other when it comes to this defense.”

Detroit Lions for breakfast: 2011 NFL draft class been disappointing – so far
Anwar Richardson –

Well, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew’s 2011 NFL draft class might go down as the worst collection of bad decisions during his tenure.

Detroit’s draft class included defensive tackle Nick Fairley (first-round), receiver Titus Young (second-round), running back Mikel Leshoure (second-round), linebacker Doug Hogue (fifth-round) and tackle Johnny Culbreath (seventh-round).

Dwight Freeney agrees to two-year deal with Chargers
Jarrett Bell – USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Freeney’s extended search for a new job is over.

The seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end agreed to a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Saturday that, with incentives, could be worth $13.35 million, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

Former Lion Eric Hipple honored for advocacy
Press and Guide

The Mental Health Association in Michigan will host its annual tribute dinner and honor former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple on May 29 at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road.

Lions’ Stephen Tulloch ‘thankful’ to be named among NFL’s top 100
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

On Friday, Stephen Tulloch was honored at the Gridiron Greats of Michigan Hall-of-Fame dinner as the Lions’ unsung hero.

A night earlier, he was named one of the NFL’s top 100 players – No. 63, actually – in a vote of his peers conducted by NFL Network.

Two much appreciated honors, with slightly different connotations, and one that left some people scratching their heads.

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