The Dallas Cowboys find themselves shorthanded at least for week 1 because of their depleted defensive line. With Stephen Tulloch available, the Cowboys could consider the 31-year-old linebacker if they can beat other teams to the punch.
Rolando McCain, Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence were meted suspensions following substance-abuse related cases. With the trio out, this wipes out the starting and defensive line of the Cowboys who need to make moves in a hurry.
Tulloch looms as a wise choice following his release from the Detroit Lions per ESPN. But the problem is that the Cowboys are not the only team who may be interested in the NFL veteran.
Tug-of-war for Stephen Tulloch
Tulloch is also under the radar of the Philadelphia Eagles, who sorely need the veteran to hone up their lack of depth on the defensive end. Getting Tulloch should be an easy transition for the Eagles with Jim Schwartz acting as one of the new defensive coordinators for Philly.
Tulloch and Schwartz worked together under the Tennessee Titans from 2006-2008, and then again with the Lions from 2011-2013.
Is Tulloch a damaged goods?
At 31, one thing that Dallas may want to look into is Tulloch’s state of health. The veteran linebacker underwent offseason surgery, which was undisclosed and only passed a physical recently. Such is a mystery on what Tulloch may be hiding.
Aside from that undisclosed procedure, Tulloch suffered an ACL injury back in 2014. With those in mind, the question of his durability will be interesting for either the Cowboys or the Eagles.
Tulloch not on Dallas radar
While Tulloch could be a big help to the Cowboys, a report from Dallascowboys.com Mail Bag suggests otherwise. According to the post, the Cowboys do have a roster spot to fill, but Tulloch is not one of their options at this point.
And the reasons behind it cover age, injury history and the fact that he has become a two-down player. It remains to be seen who picks up the Tulloch, but if that take for the Cowboys is true, he may very well end up being an Eagle.