It has been a rough offseason for Stephen Tulloch. He was told way back in February by the Detroit Lions that he would not be with the team for the 2016 season. However, the Lions held on to him — presumably until he could pass a physical — all the way until July 5, when he was finally released by the team.
Tulloch would end up spending over a month without a team, watching at home as franchises prepared and mostly finished training camp. He was long rumored to be headed towards a reunion with former Lions coach and current Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Rumors floated, but no transaction was made in his first 40-some days as a free agent.
The Eagles finally relented on Sunday night when they announced they had signed the veteran linebacker to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million.
Clarification: Tulloch's deal is worth up to $3M, with $1.75M fully guaranteed.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 21, 2016
That comes as a pretty solid deal for Tulloch. Although it’s certainly a downgrade from the $7.3 million cap hit he was going to have in Detroit this year, it’s a pretty well-sized deal for the 31-year-old. The Eagles always had interest in Tulloch, but their rookie linebacker Joe Walker suffered a season-ending injury last week and could have forced Philadelphia’s hand.
Either way, Tulloch finally has a team in 2016, and he’ll likely be considered a solid contributor at that price. We wish him well in Philadelphia — except in Week 5 when he’ll return to Ford Field to take on his former team.