Stephen Tulloch Re-Signs with Detroit Lions on 5-Year Contract

Brandon BurnettContributor IIIMarch 20, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01:  Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Detroit Lions awaits the snap against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio has reported that linebacker Stephen Tulloch has signed a 5-year deal to remain with the Lions.

The highly-productive six-year veteran came to the Motor City last year and put forth yet another stellar season.

At just 27 years old, Tulloch is now entrenched in the middle of a young and tenacious Lions defense for years to come.

Detroit's front office recently restructured the contracts of stars Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh—clearing cap space for Calvin Johnson's mega deal and re-signing Tulloch as well.

Head coach Jim Schwartz was a big factor in Tulloch both coming to and remaining in Detroit. The two worked together in Tennessee, where Schwartz was previously a defensive coordinator.

Clearly the Lions are proving they've moved on from the managerial mishaps of prior seasons.

Schwartz and GM Martin Mayhew are undoubtedly doing a marvelous job of restoring the roar in Motown and the future keeps growing brighter.

Now, if they can just squeeze in a long-term deal for the franchise-tagged Cliff Avril, the front office can fully focus on the upcoming NFL draft.