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Stephen Tulloch | Linebacker | #55

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 246
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 4 (116) / TEN
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CSN Philly's Reuben Frank's "guess" is that the Eagles won't pursue free agent LB Stephen Tulloch.
Tulloch has a history with DC Jim Schwartz, and the Eagles have some depth concerns. But it doesn't appear to be enough for Philly to want to spend the $985,000 minimum it'd require to sign Tulloch. At this stage of his career, he's little more than a two-down run plugger and veteran leader. Jul 13 - 12:36 PM

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Cowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus says the team is not expected to pursue free agent MLB Stephen Tulloch.

As Broaddus later noted, Tulloch is aging (32), slowing down, and only a two-down run thumper at this stage. Broaddus believes more athletic youngsters Anthony Hitchens and Mark Nzeocha are the top internal candidates to replace suspended MLB Rolando McClain. Broaddus didn't rule out Dallas pursuing free agent DeMeco Ryans, though Ryan's skill set issues are similar to Tulloch's.
Jul 6 - 10:48 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger's Eliot Shorr-Parks considers the Eagles a potential landing spot for free agent LB Stephen Tulloch.

The Lions finally released Tulloch on Tuesday after informing him he'd be cut four months ago. He underwent an offseason ankle scope that delayed his release. Tulloch is 31 and coming off another 100-plus-tackles season. He played for Eagles DC Jim Schwartz when Schwartz was the Lions' coach. Tulloch could be a veteran presence for a younger linebacker group in Philly.
Jul 6 - 9:33 AM

Free agent ILB Stephen Tulloch underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery earlier this offseason, but is now 100 percent healthy.

We finally know the reason for the four-month delay in Tulloch's release. The Lions would have owed Tulloch an injury settlement had they cut him before he could pass a physical. It's still surprising an accord couldn't be worked out sooner. Tulloch should find a new home as a two-down run stopper before training camp.
Jul 5 - 4:57 PM

Lions released MLB Stephen Tulloch.

So ends one of the offseason's strangest sagas. Tulloch has known of his release since February, but supposed "contractual issues" kept him on the 53-man roster until now. With all of free agency's money long since spent, the 11th-year pro is finally free to find a new home. Tulloch had been set to make $5.5 million, but will get maybe a third of that, if he's lucky. No longer a three-down player, Tulloch will search for work as a two-down thumper.
Jul 5 - 4:16 PM

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch has been excused from mandatory minicamp.

The Lions are expected to make his release official in the next few weeks. It's been a bizarre offseason for Tulloch, who was told he's no longer part of the team's plans but remains on the roster. The Lions even paid him a $500,000 roster bonus that could have been avoided by cutting him within five days of the new league year. He hasn't shown up for any of the team's offseason activities.
Jun 13 - 12:21 PM

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch said he hopes to have his contract situation resolved in the next couple days.

The Lions told Tulloch he was no longer part of their plans in February, but he remains on the roster because of undisclosed contract issues. With mandatory minicamp on the horizon, the Lions need to get this issue resolved. Tulloch said he will report to minicamp if he is still under contract to avoid being fined.
Source: ESPN
Jun 9 - 1:15 PM

MLB Stephen Tulloch is still on the Lions' roster.

Detroit told Tulloch in February he was not part of their plans, but he is still on the roster at the end of May. Tulloch is not participating in the offseason program, and the expectation is he will be released at some point. The problem is no one seems to know when that will happen. This has been one of the odder sagas of the offseason.
Source: ESPN
May 28 - 10:24 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell declined to update MLB Stephen Tulloch’s status.

The Lions told Tulloch in February they planned to cut him, but they paid his $500K roster bonus and have yet to release him. It sounds like Detroit wants to keep Tulloch at a reduced salary. Tulloch is owed $5.5M this season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 7 - 7:11 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said MLB Stephen Tulloch is still on the roster due to "contractual issues."

Quinn made the pronouncement at the Owners Meetings last month, and the Lions have still not resolved the issues. After paying him a $500,000 roster bonus, Detroit may be inclined to keep Tulloch around despite telling him they planned to move on in February. Owed $5.5 million this season, Tulloch would have to accept a pay cut to stick around.
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 11:01 AM

The Detroit Free Press still expects Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch to take a pay cut if he's to remain on the roster.

Tulloch was supposed to be released at the start of the new league year, but it didn't happen. The Lions even paid a $500,000 roster bonus. The 31-year-old linebacker is currently due $5.5 million, and to count $7.3 million against the cap. That's too much for a player who no longer plays all three downs.
Mar 21 - 2:53 PM

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch remains on the roster.

The Lions informed Tulloch in February of their intention to cut him once the new league year opened, but he is still on the roster almost a week later. More surprisingly, it appears the Lions have decided to pay Tulloch the $500,000 roster bonus he was owed on the fifth day of the 2016 league year, which would have been Sunday. Perhaps the Lions were willing to eat that money in order to shop Tulloch through the draft. The veteran's roster situation is completely up in the air.
Mar 14 - 9:44 AM

Lions informed MLB Stephen Tulloch of his release.

The move apparently won't become official until the start of the new league year, but we're marking Tulloch as cut for bookkeeping purposes. His release frees up $6 million in cap space for the Lions. Returning from a torn ACL, Tulloch started all 16 games in 2015, playing 737 snaps in his age-30 season. Tulloch turned 31 last month. Tulloch has always been a tackling machine, but was no longer a three-down player last season. He'll likely be limited to low-base, incentive-laden offers in free agency.
Feb 18 - 7:47 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein reports MLB Stephen Tulloch is a "potential cap cut."

After tearing his ACL celebrating a sack three games into 2014, Tulloch was a part-time player last season, logging just 69% of the defensive snaps. With the same coaching staff returning, it would not be surprising if the Lions decided to move on. Tulloch is owed $6 million in salary and bonuses and will count $7.3 million against the cap in the final year of his deal.
Source: ESPN
Jan 23 - 12:08 PM

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch only played 68 percent of Detroit's Week 2 snaps and was referred to as a "role player" by coach Jim Caldwell.

Despite WLB DeAndre Levy sitting on the sidelines with a hip injury, Tulloch was not used in an every-down role against the Vikings. Instead, the Lions rolled out Josh Bynes in the middle, who was on the field for 100 percent of defensive snaps. Tulloch should be downgraded to a low-end LB2 while his snap count is capped, while Bynes' IDP value will be limited whenever Levy returns.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 05:04:00 AM

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