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Report: LB Stephen Tulloch and Eagles in ‘heavy negotiations’

Dec 3, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) stiff arms Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch might soon be the newest member of the Philadelphia Eagles if contract negotiations go well between the two parties.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports there are “heavy negotiations” happening right now to get Tulloch, who is a free agent, to Phily.

This makes sense for both parties. Tulloch, a 10-year veteran with 111 starts under his belt, is familiar with the defense Jim Schwartz is running in Philadelphia. He spent three years in Detroit running this same defense for Schwartz and could step in quickly to become a major contributor this year.

The Detroit Lions released Tulloch in July after it became financially beneficial for the club. Tulloch had reportedly been informed of his release in February, as the Lions did not want to shell out the $6 million he was going to cost against the cap.

Though nobody would confuse him for one of the NFL’s more game-changing linebackers, Tulloch is a tackling machine who should be a positive force, provided he doesn’t have any lingering health issues stemming from his torn ACL in 2014 and offseason arthroscopic ankle surgery.