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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Scramble'11: Detroit and Stephen Tulloch

By Kevin Seifert

As we noted earlier, the Detroit Lions haven't made a (public) move for a cornerback yet. That brings up the natural question: What about linebacker, the Lions' other well-known position of need?

According to a report from Brad Biggs for the National Football Post, the Lions might have prioritized linebacker over cornerbacks. They began pursuing free agent Stephen Tulloch on Tuesday, according to the report, and have offered him a contract with guarantees of at least $10 million.

Tulloch has been at the center of offseason speculation surrounding the Lions because he played under coach Jim Schwartz in Tennessee. He would likely play middle linebacker for the Lions, shifting DeAndre Levy to the outside and more or less closing one of the Lions' obvious personnel holes. A 4-3 team doesn't necessarily need three clear starters at linebacker because the third usually comes off the field in nickel packages, anyway.

It’s likely Tulloch has other offers as well. Earlier Wednesday, he tweeted: “Decisions,Decisions,Decisions....Feels like being drafted all over again....”

We'll keep you updated.