By Anthony Caruso III
The Philadelphia Eagles have added free agent linebacker Stephen Tulloch. He signed a one-year deal worth $3 million.
He’ll receive $1.7 million guaranteed money. Then through incentives, he could receive the rest.
He comes to Philadelphia after playing for the Detroit Lions.
The 31-year-old took a pay cut to join the Eagles. In his final season with the Detroit Lions last season, he made $4.5 million.
Tulloch was released by the Lions last month. Before his release, according to the Detroit Free Press, he had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle — which is why the Lions waited for him to pass a physical, even after they paid him a roster bonus.
Tulloch reunites with Jim Schwartz, the Eagles defensive coordinator, who previously coached him twice.
Schwartz was with the Tennessee Titans, where Tulloch played, from 2006 through 2008. Then, the two were reunited in Detroit from 2011 to 2013.
The Miami Dolphins also shown interest in Tulloch. However, it was expected that he would sign with the Eagles from the beginning because of his ties with Schwartz.
With his signing, the Eagles may move Jordan Hicks to outside linebacker, across from Nigel Bradham. His signing will likely also mark the end for weak-side linebacker Mychal Kendricks — who the team will now try to trade or release.
A season after tearing his ACL, he played in all 16 games and had a 108 tackles. He also had a sack with two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a pass deflection.
When he’s been healthy, he’s played the entire season. The 2014 season, when he suffered the ACL injury, he only appeared in three games.