The Lions have shown interest in free agent linebacker Keith Bulluck this offseason, but Bulluck sounds like he’s only interested in playing in Detroit if he runs out of options to play elsewhere.
“I’ll tell you, man, [the Lions] are one of those teams that’s up-and-coming,” Bulluck said on Sirius NFL Radio, via the Detroit News. “But honestly, to be 100-percent honest, I want to play for a championship, you know what I’m saying? If it comes down to it, if my option is to go to Detroit, yeah, all right, that’s what we gotta do. Because I’m gonna play football, regardless.
Bulluck would seem like a good fit for the Lions because he previously played for head coach Jim Schwartz, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and linebackers coach Matt Burke in Tennessee. But while acknowledging the familiarity with the Lions’ coaches, Bulluck said he doesn’t know much about the team — other than it stunk in 2009, and stunk even worse in 2008.
“Yeah, definitely Schwartz and Gunther and Matt Burke, I’m very familiar with their system and very familiar with those people,” Bulluck said. “That coaching staff, I know they’re working to go in the right direction at Detroit. How many wins did they have last year? I know they had more than they did the year before.”
For the record, they had two wins last year and zero the year before. That’s progress, but if Bulluck wants to play for a championship, that’s probably not enough progress to make Detroit a place he wants to play.
Bulluck, who tore his ACL on December 20, said he expects to be ready to play by Week One of the regular season. He just needs to find a team that wants him — and he’s hoping that team will have won more than two games over the last two years.