It what was an expected move for months the Detroit Lions announced the release of linebacker Stephen Tulloch on Tuesday.
It finally happened. Lions announced they've released Stephen Tulloch nearly 5 months after telling him he'd be released.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) July 5, 2016
Tulloch had been rumored to be cut since a report came out in February saying Detroit informed the veteran linebacker that he would no longer be a part of the team at the start of the new league year. Tulloch even went as far to post a goodbye message to Lions fans on his Instagram account.
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What a journey it's been Detroit! Five years of some of the greatest memories of my career. I can't put into words how grateful I am to have played for such a great organization. I want thank the Ford family the front office the strength coaches, trainers, equipment staff and everybody in between for everything you have done for me over the years. Last but not least I want to thank the community of Detroit for being behind me and my foundation over the years in making a difference in many lives. Such as life there is constant change. But change that I'm looking forward to. As one chapter closes in my career another one opens up.#Detroit#MuchLoveAndRespect#Operation55
Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell had nothing but praise and well wishes for the now former Lions linebacker in a statement.
“As I have said numerous times since I became head coach of the Lions, Stephen Tulloch has been a consummate professional on and off the field.” Said Caldwell, “We thank him for his contributions to the Lions and the Detroit community and wish him the very best in all his future endeavors.”
Tulloch came to Detroit in 2011 as an unrestricted free agent and has since appeared in and started 67 games for the Lions. Originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 4th round(116th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State, Tulloch has played in 147 games and totaled 913 tackles during his career. He has also recorded 14.5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 27 pass defenses, 2 forced fumbles, and 12 fumble recoveries over the course of his 10-year career.
The reason for the delay in his release was due to an off-season surgery that prevented Tulloch from passing his physical until today, according to a report from Detroit Lions beat writer Dave Birkett.
This move will save the Lions $6 million against the cap as they pick up $1.3 million in dead money.