It hasn’t taken long for rumors relating to NFL free agency to start coming out. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead, the Lions fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft, has reportedly drawn interest from the Philadelphia Eagles.
After starting his career in Detroit primarily on special teams, Whitehead has developed into an extremely dependable starter over the last two seasons, both on the outside linebacker position as well as inside.
Last season, Whitehead started the year in somewhat of a platoon with Travis Lewis before taking the majority of snaps towards the end of the season. He made $713,000 in the final year of his initial NFL contract, while recording 50 tackles, two sacks, and one interception.
Philadelphia’s newly appointed defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was the head coach of the Lions when Whitehead was drafted. His 4-3 defense combined with the fact that the Eagles recently released DeMeco Ryans and traded Kiko Alonso makes their interest in Whitehead sensible.
Right now, the Lions have an abundance of linebackers on the roster, but only DeAndre Levy and Josh Bynes are experienced starters. Kyle Van Noy, who was drafted in the second round in 2014, would most likely be the leading candidate to jump into the starting spot if Whitehead does indeed end up leaving.