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Eagles, Stephen Tulloch have reportedly entered "heavy negotiatons"

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Surprise, surprise.

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Stephen Tulloch and the Eagles are reportedly in "heavy negotiations" on a contract to bring the veteran linebacker to Philadelphia, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. Adam Caplan reports Tulloch and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz have had discussions over the past few weeks.

This report hardly comes as a surprise. There's been a lot of speculation that the Eagles could sign Tulloch ever since he was released by the Detroit Lions last month. Here's what we wrote at the time.

The 31-year-old Tulloch's best days are clearly behind him. At best, he's a two-down middle linebacker at this point. The Eagles already have three starters in Jordan Hicks, Mychal Kendricks, and Bradham. The depth behind them, aside from Najee Goode, is thin, however. Tulloch would give the Eagles a reliable backup who knows Schwartz's scheme.

A potential issue with signing Tulloch is that he might not be best suited for playing special teams. Most teams require their backup linebackers to fill that special teams role.

There's no question signing Tulloch would upgrade the Eagles' linebacker depth. His addition would provide the Eagles with a nice backup option behind the talented but injury-prone Hicks. Tulloch can also serve as a veteran presence in the locker room.

Tulloch has played in the NFL for 10 years. He spent the first five years of his career with the Titans before signing with the Lions in free agency. Tulloch suffered an ACL injury while celebrating a sack in 2014 but he played in all 16 of Detroit's games last season. He led the Lions in tackles last year.

The Eagles currently don't have an open roster spot so the team would need to cut or trade someone in order to make room for Tulloch.

Stay tuned for more updates on this story.