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Lions to release Stephen Tulloch


Another veteran linebacker will be on the market, but not until after March 9.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Lions have informed Stephen Tulloch that he’ll be released after the start of the new league year. Once that happens, he’ll become a free agent.

Tulloch has a base salary of $5.5 million and a $500,000 roster bonus due in 2016, the last year of his deal. He’ll count $1.3 million against the salary cap in 2016; the Lions apparently don’t have the cap space available to absorb that dead money before the new league year begins.

The 31-year-old Tulloch spent five years with the Titans before spending five with the Lions. He started all 16 games in 2015 after missing 13 a year earlier due to a sack-celebration ACL tear.

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26 Responses to “Lions to release Stephen Tulloch”
  1. suhmonster90 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:58 PM

    A downhill thumper who’s lost a step after not having much speed in the first place. He was a great pickup but the time to move on was clear. Good luck Tulloch!

  2. bmacwillconn says: Feb 18, 2016 8:05 PM

    Good. Tulloch’s a lousy, low character guy.

    Recall him making fun of Tim Tebow after he blind sided Tebow (cheap shot of course) then stood over the injured Tebow and mocked him with a religious gesture.

    Good riddance. Can’t root for a person like this.

  3. lionsnati0n says: Feb 18, 2016 8:08 PM

    He was one of those Lion signings that lead to two playoff appearances in three years that changed the culture of this team. He will find a place in the NFL and be playing and contributing next season for sure.

  4. 6ball says: Feb 18, 2016 8:09 PM

    Lions fans would be wise not to get attached to their players. If there’s one thing Bob Quinn took with him from his time in New England it is the Patriots philosophy of, ” We don’t pay for past performance.”

    On the surface it appears that the Patriots are a heartless organization. However in order to remain competitive in today’s NFL, you must be a salary cap hawk.

  5. gooboy6 says: Feb 18, 2016 8:11 PM

    Chiefs please

  6. crappygovernment says: Feb 18, 2016 8:19 PM

    Playoff wins since the 1991 season: Tebow 1, Lions 0

  7. bmacwillconn says: Feb 18, 2016 8:27 PM

    Just saw the article about Tebow’s charity helping thousands of special needs kids over this past weekend.

    If possible, this story makes Tulloch look like the ultimate punk for mocking Tebow’s religion. Glad the Lion’s cut him.

  8. fumblenuts says: Feb 18, 2016 8:28 PM

    Come to the Legion of Boom and get a ring

  9. lionsnati0n says: Feb 18, 2016 8:32 PM

    Stephen Tulloch fund.

  10. insightfulcomments says: Feb 18, 2016 8:53 PM

    He must have made an impression on Tebow. The Tebow fans are still crying about it years after he is out of the league.

  11. thetruthcampaign says: Feb 18, 2016 9:24 PM

    Funny thing is we’ll all still remember Tebow long after Tulloch and many, many other players in the NFL are long gone.

  12. DonKellyBaby says: Feb 18, 2016 9:29 PM

    He helped provide the Lions leadership on defense and was an excellent pickup at the time. Knew this move would come because of the contract.

    Best of Luck!

  13. metrocritical says: Feb 18, 2016 9:36 PM

    This should’ve happened before the 2015 season. Quality LB when healthy but now overpriced and worn down. Not much interested in getting into the Tebow fray but Ryan Leaf is still remembered, too, long after many other players are long gone. Good guys and bad guys may be memorable footnotes but the great players are remembered for what they actually accomplished not for what fans wish they could have accomplished.

  14. vikingf0rlife says: Feb 18, 2016 9:50 PM

    Never recovered from his dance dance retard 3000 injury. Another waste of talent for Detroit, so typical with this terrible franchise.

  15. voicesoftheppl says: Feb 18, 2016 9:55 PM

    I’ll always remember that day he sacked Tim Tebow.

    Good times….

    I wonder if anyone else will remember….

  16. senatorblutarsky says: Feb 18, 2016 10:19 PM

    It’s that time. Too old. Too slow. Can’t cover the pass anymore. And above all, too expensive.
    Good luck, Stephen Tulloch.

  17. coldwater32301 says: Feb 18, 2016 10:45 PM

    If the draft does not have a diamond in the ruff…. Should be a good pick up for the MIAMI DOLPHINS who are in a desperate need for a true MLB… plus he had his best years paired up with Suh… Indeed…

  18. dreemeagle says: Feb 19, 2016 12:42 AM

    yes, it’s put out the trash day…

  19. bigwalt2990 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:15 AM

    Two playoff appearances does not change a culture lol…The Lions are so pathetic they hung banners for them too. Tulloch was a nice upgrade compared to a 2nd year Levy or Durant or whoever it was…but that time has passed. Mediocre isn’t good enough.

  20. groleo45 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:16 AM

    Are people really still talking about Tebow? He hasn’t been relevant in years–just give it up. There has to be some similarly religious player you nuts can get behind.

  21. mortalkondek says: Feb 19, 2016 8:39 AM

    Shut the flock up about Tebow already. Jeez.

  22. mack2x says: Feb 19, 2016 8:53 AM

    This has nothing to do with “not having the cap space available to absorb that dead money”. Tulloch’s play has been slipping the last couple years and it’s time to get younger at the position.

  23. lololnpnp says: Feb 19, 2016 9:20 AM

    Kind of surprised to see so many Tebow idiots still out there. Dude sucked as an NFL player, it’s time to move on and focus on more productive things like maybe family, friends, a job, etc…

  24. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Feb 19, 2016 11:56 AM

    I thought the funniest part was when his fatas celebrated that sack of Rodgers and blew an ACL. Talk about eating yourself out of the league. Lacy should take note. Tulloch’s tale is a cautionary one indeed.

  25. tindeaux says: Feb 19, 2016 12:01 PM

    this low life could use a tebow right now.

  26. icdogg says: May 9, 2016 2:15 PM

    Sounds like a game of chicken.

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