There have been mixed reports out of Detroit regarding linebacker Stephen Tulloch as free agency rapidly approaches tomorrow afternoon.
Personnel guru Gil Brandt was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t think there’s any question that Stephen Tulloch is a guy (they want to keep). “And you know what? It’s advantageous to Tulloch, too, because Tulloch knows the system.”
And while that all makes sense, it’s been largely reported that the Lions are in cap trouble, making it likely that Tulloch will reach the free agency market.
According to the Detroit Free Press , Tulloch seems “most destined” to reach the market.
But not so fast.
Word out of Detroit is that WR Nate Burleson and DT Ndamukong Suh have each restructured their contracts, providing the Lions with the much-needed cap relief they were seeking.
Now, this doesn’t make retaining Tulloch a slam dunk–maybe they’re ready to move on. Maybe the Lions have lined up a list of targets to chase tomorrow at 4 p.m.–it’s certainly possible. But it’s also possible they’ve created this space in order to retain the middle linebacker that thrived in their system last season.
It’s a development I’m sure the Eagles will be keeping their eye on.