There aren’t many free agents worth signing on the market this time of year, so when a player of Stephen Tulloch’s caliber becomes available, it’s reasonable to find a spot for him.
And one that makes sense for the former Lions linebacker is Philadelphia.
As noted by Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, the Eagles have the combination of opportunity and motive to make it a sensible move.
They have little depth at the position behind a passable starting group of Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham, so Tulloch would be a good insurance policy, if not a replacement. There’s also the familiarity that comes with playing for Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. When Schwartz was coaching the Lions, Tulloch topped 100 tackles each season, so there’s some top-of-mind awareness.
Of course, the biggest factor might be Tulloch’s health. He was recovering from arthroscopic ankle surgery, which was stated as the reason the Lions held onto him so long when it was clear he was surplus to requirements.
If he’s well, he could be a clear help to the Eagles defense, and they haven’t been shy about bringing in new guys this offseason.