Yesterday’s speculation about the Lions’ possible interest in the soon to be released Nick Barnett was not foreseen as the lockout lingered but the name to pop up today was was one that was widely discussed.
The National Football Post is reporting that the Lions are making a “hard push” for free agent linebacker Stephen Tulloch. Jim Schwartz was Tulloch’s defensive coordinator for three years with the Tennessee Titans. The connection is natural although it was not known if the Lions would put up the cash to land one of the best linebackers on the market. Per the NFP article, it appears they will:
The source says the Lions have offered a signing bonus that reaches eight figures — $10 million – and they’re waiting to see how the situation will unfold.
Signing Tulloch would necessitate a move to the outside for DeAndre Levy. The coaching staff has been comfortable with Levy in the middle but Tulloch has the perfect combination of age and experience that allows Levy to move for the foreseeable future rather than turning him into a human yo-yo being constantly switched between inside and outside linebacker positions.
While this move doesn’t seem to directly address the team’s issue in pass coverage, Lions beat writer Tom Kowalski suggests it will have a positive effect.