Ex-Lions LB Stephen Tulloch agrees with Eagles

Former Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch has reached an agreement with the Philadelphia Eaglespending a physical, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Tulloch, 31, was released by the Lions on July 5 after five seasons with the team. He had been the team's starting middle linebacker since coming to Detroit in 2011 after starting his career with the Titans.

The Lions told Tulloch in February that he no longer was in the team's plans but he wasn't officially released until four months later.

Tulloch had offseason surgery on his ankle and didn't pass a physical exam until the day he was released.

Tulloch struggled at points during the 2015 season; in fact, for the first time in his Lions career, he was taken off the field in certain situations. He still led Detroit in tackles with 107 and was a primary player on rushing downs.

He was due $7.3 million in 2016, the final year of his contract. Releasing him saved the Lions about $6 million in cap space.

Tulloch missed the first significant time in his career in 2014 after tearing his ACL while celebrating a sack of Aaron Rodgers in Week 3.

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.
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