Boca Raton, Fla. — Lions general manager Bob Quinn declined to provide much clarity on the mystery that is Stephen Tulloch’s roster status.
Tulloch posted a farewell message to Lions fans last month after the team told him of its plan to release him, but he’s still on the roster. The Lions also paid the $500,000 roster bonus from his contract that was due on March 13.
“There’s just some contractual issues that we’re trying to work out,” Quinn said Tuesday at the NFL annual meetings. “I really have nothing to add.”
It remains highly unlikely that Tulloch will be on the roster for next season.
The two most likely explanations for Tulloch being on the roster are that he’s hurt and therefore cannot be released or the Lions are trying to trade him. Tulloch has a $5.5 million base salary for 2016, which is a hefty price for a 31-year-old linebacker that Lions coaches didn’t trust in passing situations last season.
Quinn met with Tulloch’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, on Monday at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
“I don’t want to go into any specifics about why or how he’s still on the roster,” Quinn said. “It’s something that I’ve agreed to with his representative and him to kind of just keep between myself and them.”