Lions now must get deal done for Stephen Tulloch

One major piece of business is remaining for the Detroit Lions.

They need to re-sign middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch.

Cornerback Eric Wright escaped them in free agency and the Lions have too many holes in the back seven of the defenses to lose two key players. But right now it remains to be seen if something can get done.

According to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com, Tulloch is seeking a deal that averages $6 million per year. He played for $3.2 million this past season and is angling for a deal with a large guarantee. But the market, to this point, has been soft for middle linebackers. Extra soft.

Richardson speculates that could potentially change. The New Orleans Saints are hosting Curtis Lofton on a visit. Although some pegged the Atlanta Falcon to be headed for Tampa Bay, he’s now knocking on the door of another NFC South club. How much the Saints would be willing to pay him remains to be seen.

Tulloch might be aiming a little high right now. For him to get what he wants, he’s going to need another bidder for his services.

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