Linebacker is the weakness of the Lions
Stephen Tulloch 8th year 3rd year in Detroit 32 Starts 223 tackles 3.5 sacks 4 years left on contract
2013 Cap Hit: $4,800,000
DeAndre Levy 5th year 57 games 50 starts 308 tackles 5 picks 3 years on contract
2013 Salary Cap Hit: $2 mil
Ashlee Palmer 5th year 4th in Detroit 48 games 7 starts 78 tackles 1 sack 2 years on contract
2013 Salary Cap: $1,333,333
Tahir Whitehead 2nd year 14 games 10 tackles 3 years on contract
2013 Salary Cap: $533,000
Travis Lewis 2nd year 13 games 5 tackles 3 years on contract
2013 salary cap hit: $494,793
A 7th round pick in 2012 after a unltra productive career at Oklahoma. He has a good football IQ but is really slow. He played 3 snaps on D and made 1 tackle. Probably a middle but will get work outside. I do not think he can hold up due to a lack of speed.
Cory Greenwood 4th year 1st in Detroit 3 years on contract
2013 Salary Cap: $650,000
A special teams demon with experience at LB. He will make the squad and back up Tully at MLB.
Carmen Messina 2nd year 2 years on contract 14 tackle 1 pick preseason
2013 Salary Cap: $ 406,667
Messina has a chance to make the squad as the back MLB. Solid and a good tackler but lacks speed. Another year on the practice squad.
Brandon Hepburn Rookie 7th round pick 4 years on contract
2013 Salary Cap Hit: $416,474
Alex Elkins Rookie UDFA 3 years on contract
2013 Salary Cap Hit: $406,666
Jon Morgan Rookie UDFA 3 years on contract
Cap hit: $ 406,333