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Reports: Ex-Lion Stephen Tulloch lands with Eagles

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Stephen Tulloch has found a new home and it’s where many observers expected him to end up.

The former Detroit Lions linebacker has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple reports, reuniting Tulloch with former coach Jim Schwartz. The deal is worth $3 million, $1.7 million of which is guaranteed, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Schwartz, the Lions head coach from 2009-13, is entering his first season as the Eagles defensive coordinator.

It’s the third time Tulloch and Schwartz will work together. The coach was serving as the defensive coordinator in Tennessee when the team drafted the linebacker out of North Carolina State in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL draft.

Tulloch followed Schwartz to Detroit, initially signing a one-year contract in 2011 before netting a five-year, $25 million extension with the organization. The linebacker was a leader on and off the field for the Lions, recording at least 107 tackles in four of his five seasons with the club. He was also named the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year three consecutive years for his charitable work off the field.

The Lions released Tulloch in July, opting to move forward with Tahir Whitehead at middle linebacker. Tulloch’s release cleared $5.5 million in cap space.


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