Reports surfaced yesterday than the Detroit Lions and impending free agent Stephen Tulloch are talking but not close to a deal.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio had this to say:
The Lions, we’re told, hope to sign Tulloch to a new deal. We’re also told that the two sides are still talking.
For now, however, they’re not close to getting a deal done.
The article was surely greeted with pleasure from fans of teams that would love to have a shot at signing Stephen Tulloch and disappointment from Lions fans.
However, there is a precedent that gives reason for hope and it happens to be what we saw when the Lions courted and signed Stephen Tulloch before the 2011 season. Have we already forgotten how that played out? Here was the timeline.
Late July 2011: The Detroit Lions were known to be one of several teams in contact with Tulloch when free agency opened following the lifting of the lockout.
July 28, 2011: Reports surfaced that the Lions were no longer in contention for Tulloch’s services.
July 29, 2011: Drew Rosenhaus played some twitter games concerning Tulloch and the Lions in which he only stated what the Lions did not offer and gave no other insight into the process.
July 31, 2011: The Detroit Lions reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Stephen Tulloch.
Perhaps Lions fans don’t get the same happy ending this time around but reports that the Lions and Tulloch are “not close” doesn’t automatically mean it is time to go into hand-wringing mode.