Lions Bid Farewell to Veteran LB Stephen Tulloch

Stephen Tulloch

Tuesday the Lions finally released veteran linebacker Stephen Tulloch.

“As I have said numerous times since I became head coach of the Lions, Stephen Tulloch has been a consummate professional on and off the field,” coach Jim Caldwell said in a statement. “We thank him for his contributions to the Lions and the Detroit community and wish him the very best in all his future endeavors.”

The team has made it clear since February that Tulloch was not in their plans for 2016 but reportedly waiting for him to pass a physical before finally releasing him. The delay certainly won’t help the 31-year-old find another team as almost all of the free agent money is long-gone. Tulloch had been set to make $5.5 million, but will be lucky to get maybe a third of that in a new contract. The financial blow was slightly softened when the Lions paid his 2016 roster bonus.

A fourth-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans out of North Carolina State in 2006, Tulloch spent the first five years of his NFL career in Nashville before signing a free agenbt deal with the Lions in in 2012. He has been extremely durable throughout his career other than an ACL tear in 2014 that limited him to three games. He returned from the injury to play all 16 games in 2015 but is no longer considered a three-down player.

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One Response to “Lions Bid Farewell to Veteran LB Stephen Tulloch”

  1. Berdj Joseph Rassam says:

    It’s all about saving money on the salary cap.

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