Tulloch ‘grateful’ for Lions but anxious for resolution

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
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Stephen Tulloch

Franklin – While the Detroit Lions were taking part in offseason workouts Thursday, linebacker Stephen Tulloch was promoting his new children’s book.

It’s been a strange offseason and contract situation that Tulloch hopes is resolved soon.

“It’s been a long journey,” said Tulloch, 31, who has one year left on his contract for $5.5 million. “I was told back in February the team wanted to kind of go in a younger direction, which is understandable. We had some things to work out in between and that’s why things haven’t unfolded.

“Hopefully we can resolve things in the next couple of days and hopefully get things under wrap.”

Tulloch remains on the Lions’ roster but it’s unlikely he’ll remain with the team for 2016, what with his salary and he was removed in passing situations last season.

Tulloch expects to be playing football somewhere next season.

“Oh yeah, definitely, I’m feeling good, things are going good and I’m in a good place,” Tulloch said.

Drew Rosenhaus, Tulloch’s agent, is in Detroit and has been talking with the Lions, said Tulloch.

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Tulloch received a $500,000 roster bonus earlier this offseason for being on the roster at the start of the league year in March. It was assumed he would be cut before then.

There has been speculation Tulloch couldn’t be cut because he was hurt. He said he’s not.

“I kind of stay out of the business part of the game,” Tulloch said. “I have a passion for the game of football. This is what I do and what I’ve always done and love being around the guys and teammates. I had the opportunity to see them at Calvin’s (Johnson) wedding this past weekend and it was great to see those guys and coach (Jim) Caldwell and everybody.

“But it’s a business. I don’t work contracts out and do the numbers. I’m very grateful for what they’ve given me since I’ve been here but I don’t worry about the contract and legal issues side of the contract. Drew handles it.”

Despite the contract squabble, Tulloch has been getting ready to play football.

“I’ve been training and getting ready for the season, here or anywhere,” Tulloch said. “I’m a professional and I’ve been staying fit and doing what I have to do. Hopefully things can get resolved in the next day or two or three or whatever, or soon, and I look forward to getting it over with.

“I’ve never really been in this situation before. Sometimes things unfold unexpectedly. Obviously there’s a new management; Bob Quinn is a great guy and I’ve had a chance to meet with him and his staff and he explained the situation and what was going on. Coach Caldwell has been up front.

“We’ll just see how everything plays out and go from there.”

Tulloch’s book – co-written with Detroit-based author Maria Dismondy – is an inspirational book about his life, growing up in difficult surroundings, and succeeding.

All sales from the book benefit the Stephen Tulloch Foundation and Operation 55, which helps put new technology in schools.

“For me, it wasn’t an easy road growing up and the obstacles I had to face at an early age when I was 5, and the living conditions and the struggles,” Tulloch said. “I just wanted to inspire kids to always believe that whatever situation you’re in, you can overcome it based on your hard work and effort.”

Tulloch has book signings Friday at Barnes & Noble in Green Oak Township (6-7 p.m.) and Saturday at Walmart in Commerce Township (11 a.m.-noon) and Sterling Heights (2-3 p.m.), and at Biggby Coffee (5-6 p.m.) in Clawson.

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