Lions Come to Terms with Free-Agent LB Durant

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The Lions came to terms with former Jacksonville linebacker Justin Durant late Wednesday.

While the internet spent the better part of Wednesday immersed in rumors surrounding their pensive courtship of Stephen Tulloch, the Detroit Lions were busy hammering out a deal with another free-agent linebacker, former Jaguar Justin Durant.

Durant agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Lions, according to a league source, a move that tossed a wrench into the well-laid speculation that Detroit would target Tulloch, a former Jim Schwartz pupil in Tennessee and close friend of defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch; and if not Tulloch, perhaps Green Bay's Nick Barnett, who was being wooed by Lions receiver Nate Burleson.

Durant's name had popped onto the radar earlier in the week after FOXSportsDetroit.com's Mike O'Hara reported the Lions preferred Durant's "athleticism and position flexibility" to Tulloch, who is almost exclusively a middle linebacker. The 26-year old is also two inches taller than Tulloch.

However, whereas Tulloch's health has been impeccable, Durant's has been closer to the opposite. The former Hampton standout has missed 11 games over the past three seasons due to various injuries, including six games last year alone.

And although Durant is known as a physical, aggressive linebacker, it's difficult to assess his play statistically given his frequent absences.

It isn't known whether or not the Lions remain in pursuit of Tulloch.

Tweeted Durant Wednesday night, "Now everybody from the 313, put ya muthaf***in hands up and follow me!!!"

He also tweeted that he preferred the defensive line moniker "DisAssembly Line" to Schwartz's choice of "Silver Rush."

Although terms of Durant's deal were not disclosed, he must wait until Friday evening to sign his contract. He can begin practicing with the team August 4.

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