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Lions Free Agency 2012: Stephen Tulloch Not Close to Deal With Detroit

Despite starting all 17 games and recording 111 tackles in his first season with the Detroit Lions, middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch is not close to a deal with Detroit, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

Tulloch is set to become a free agent on March 13th and though the two sides are still talking and the Lions would like to resign Tulloch, no deal is in place. First, Detroit is hoping to extend Calvin Johnson with a long-term deal, in order to lock up the wide receiver and lower his cap hold to free up space to sign Tulloch and defensive end Cliff Avril.

The Lions may use the franchise tag on Avril, but will need to make their decision before the March 5th deadline.

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