Stephen Tulloch will officially be joining the Philadelphia Eagles after signing a one-year contract worth $3 million with $1.75 million guaranteed. The Detroit Lions released the linebacker earlier this year.
Stephen Tulloch will reunite with old coach Jim Schwartz, who was a former head coach with the Lions. Schwartz is currently the Eagles’ defensive coordinator.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson also confirmed Monday that Tulloch joined the squad.
The Lions likely released Tulloch because of injury history. He had surgery this offseason after playing for the Tennessee Titans from 2006 to 2010 and the Lions from 2010 to 2015.
The 31-year-old linebacker, who has 10 years experience in the league, had 107 tackles in the 2015 season and led the team. He also had one sack, one forced fumble and two fumbles recovered last season.
In 10 seasons, Tulloch has played all 16 regular season games except in 2014 when he missed 12 games due to an injury.
The Eagles needed help at the middle LB spot after rookie Joe Walker was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the 2016 season. Jordan Hicks will start and Tulloch will serve as the back-up LB.
“Jordan is the starter. We needed depth when Joe [Walker] unfortunately went down. When we lost Joe we needed a linebacker and he was the best for our situation,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson stated to NJ.com about Stephen Tulloch’s role in Philly.
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