The Eagles reportedly are talking to linebacker Stephen Tulloch. If it were up to defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, they’d be doing more than talking.
“I got a lot of background with Steve,” Schwartz told reporters on Sunday, via quotes distributed by the team. “I was with Tennessee when we drafted him; [he] ended up being starting middle linebacker for us there. When I was head coach in Detroit, we brought him up there. I have a lot of respect for that guy and his production.”
So will the Eagles sign Tulloch?
“Howie [Roseman] and [Eagles V.P. of player personnel] Joe [Douglas], those guys, all the scouts are always looking for ways to improve our team,” Schwartz said. “So, whoever is out there that can improve our team, whether it’s a guy like ‘Tully’ who is unsigned, or guys that are on other teams, that they’re looking at roster numbers; we’re going to watch preseason games and be looking at the waiver wire, who might be cap casualties. That’s what the personnel department does. I trust those guys to explore every option that would help us.”
Still, it’s clear what Schwartz would do. The question now becomes whether the front office does what the guy who is running the team’s defense wants.