Lions mum on LB Stephen Tulloch's future

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Stephen Tulloch

The Lions told linebacker Stephen Tulloch last month of their plan to cut him, but a few days into free agency, his release has yet to become official.

Cutting Tulloch will save the Lions $6 million, but according to the National Football Post, he has $500,000 roster bonus due on the fifth day of the 2016 league year, which was Sunday.

“We have nothing to announce today,” a Lions spokesman said in a text message in response to an inquiry about Tulloch.

The reason Tulloch is still on the roster is unclear, though the most likely scenario is the Lions are trying to trade him. When the Lions informed Tulloch of the plan to release him, they intended to make the move after the start of the league year, which was Wednesday. The team has said nothing with regards to the roster bonus.

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The 31-year-old Tulloch was due $5.5 million in base salary in addition to the bonus. The $1.3 million prorated portion of his signing bonus from 2012 will still count against the salary cap in 2016.

In 2015, Tulloch led the Lions with 107 tackles and started 16 games, but he didn’t play every down like he had in the past, coming off in passing situations.

“What a journey it’s been Detroit!” he wrote on Instagram on Feb. 19. “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.”