Tulloch Signs, Is Curtis Lofton Next?

Justin Pawlowski, CBSTampa.com

Once Stephen Tulloch signed his 5-year deal to return to the Detroit Lions, many eyes were on the financials of his new contract.

With many linebackers like Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne still on the open market, Tulloch’s deal could set the precedent on what these other linebackers could expect from other teams.

According to Lions beat writer Anwar Richardson, Tulloch received much less than what was expected.

Lions LB Stephen Tulloch’s 5-year deal is worth $25 million ($11 million guaranteed), according to a source.

Tulloch’s new contract is substantially less than the $9m per year that Curtis Lofton was rumored to be asking for.  Lofton and Tulloch have very similar skill sets, so it would be a safe assumption that Lofton could expect to receive similar offers from teams interested.

One team that has been interested and reportedly have given Lofton an offer is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Buccaneers have refused to give into the high demands of linebackers early in free agency, and now could capitalize on that patience with Tulloch’s deal possibly setting the market.

With every day that passes, Curtis Lofton’s price drops.  I still think, even with the signing of Lofa Tatupu, that Lofton could return to the Falcons.  Lofton has been looking for a huge pay day.  If he can’t find a team willing to give in to his outrageous demands and he is forced to settle for a much smaller contract, it is very possible that he settles for that smaller contract with a team in the city he has called home.

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