According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in free-agent middle linebacker, Stephen Tulloch this offseason. The Miami native was released by the Detroit Lions back in July , and has received very little interest since.
Despite Miami’s interest in the veteran linebacker, the team made it clear they were only interested in signing Tulloch to a cheaper, team-friendly deal. Tulloch is hopeful he can get more money elsewhere, and the two sides remain at a standstill.
Tulloch 31, had an impressive 2015 season with the Lions, where he started all 16 games, recording 107 tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles. Throughout his nine-year career, Tulloch amassed 941 tackles, 14.5 sacks, five interceptions and two forced fumbles.
As the season slowly approaches, the Dolphins continue to turn over every stone, searching for talent to add to the team’s roster. Tulloch would be a welcomed addition to a Dolphins’ defense, which struggled against the run in 2015. It is also worth noting, Tulloch played under current Dolphins’ defensive line coach Jim Washburn during his time in Detroit.
Whether he is brought in to compete for a starting job, or to add depth to a weak linebacking core, Stephen Tulloch could play a crucial role with the Dolphins in 2016.