A year ago, former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck became a free agent, and his name was commonly mentioned as a possibility for the Detroit Lions given his connection to Jim Schwartz. Bulluck dismissed the idea of playing for the Lions at that time, though.
"I'll tell you, man, (the Lions) are one of those teams that's up-and-coming," said Bulluck, who made 127 consecutive starters prior to his knee injury late last season. "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's tune on the Lions seems to have changed in the last year. Earlier today in an interview with Sirius NFL Radio, he named three teams that he would like to play for in 2011: the Lions, New York Giants and New England Patriots.
Bulluck spent last season with the Giants, so he is open to returning to New York. The Patriots are one of the better teams in the league and are seemingly always contenders, so it's no surprise they're on his list, either.
Why are the Lions suddenly on Bulluck's wish list? Based on his comments from last year, Bulluck must see Detroit as a team that could contend. Also, as already mentioned, he has a connection to Schwartz. It also probably helps that he spent some of the offseason working out with fellow former Titan Kyle Vanden Bosch, who is now one of the Lions' biggest leaders. I'm sure Bulluck wouldn't mind reuniting with Schwartz and Vanden Bosch in Detroit, especially since the Lions have a big need at linebacker.