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.

26 responses to “Lions to release Stephen Tulloch

  1. 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. 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. 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. .
    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. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

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