By Tony Ortiz

The Detroit Lions signed linebacker Stephen Tulloch to a new five-year deal Thursday — locking in their final free agent — and 97.1 The Ticket’s Tony Ortiz was there to catch up with him.

So, how does it feel to sign on for another season with the Lions? “It feels good,” Tulloch said. “A weight lifted off my shoulders to know that a team has believed in me the way the Lions have.”

Twenty-one of 22 starters are returning to the Lions this season, which Tulloch said, “puts us in a good position to keep building where we left off last year. ”

But here’s the big money question: Three months after the big loss to the New Orleans Saints  — Does it still weigh on him?  Um, yes.

“It’s definitely a taste in my mouth,” Tulloch said, adding that he “looks forward to getting back and watching film — The sky is the limit for this team.”

How have fans reacted to him since then? They’ve been supportive, Tulloch said, adding that he’s “not really surprised. They responded this way last year. (I’ve) never seen fans like here in Detroit, very loyal fans — win or lose they are behind you. (I’m) excited to be part of that.”

And on the “Bounty Gate” scandal that rocked the Saints organization, Tulloch was mild.

“I heard on TV and that’s about it,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that situation happened, everyone will learn from it.”


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