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Lions Releasing LB Stephen Tulloch

Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Lions have informed veteran LBĀ Stephen Tulloch that he will be released at the start of the 2016 league year.

Tulloch has already confirmed via his Instagram account that his time in Detroit is over.

What a journey it’s been Detroit! Five years of some of the greatest memories of my career. I can’t put into words how grateful I am to have played for such a great organization. I want thank the Ford family the front office the strength coaches, trainers, equipment staff and everybody in between for everything you have done for me over the years. Last but not least I want to thank the community of Detroit for being behind me and my foundation over the years in making a difference in many lives. Such as life there is constant change. But change that I’m looking forward to. As one chapter closes.

Tulloch was mentioned as a potential cap casualty, and given the cap savings, it’s not all that surprising to see them move on.

Tulloch, 31, is in the final year of his five-year, $25.5 million contract that included $11.25 million guaranteed. He was set to make a base salary of $5.5 million for the 2016 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing will free up $6 million in available cap space while creating $1.3 million in dead money.

In 2015, Tulloch appeared in all 16 games and recorded 108 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, two recoveries and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 54 linebackerĀ out of 97 qualifying players.