The Lions have released linebacker Stephen Tulloch. Tulloch made the announcement on his Instagram account earlier this week.

Tulloch played five seasons in Detroit after signing with them in 2011. He was drafted by the Titans in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of NC State.

After signing with the Lion in 2011 Tulloch became the team’s starting linebacker. Last season he led the team in tackles. But by releasing him Detroit will save over $6 million on the salary cap. It will be interesting to see if another team takes a shot on the 31 year old linebacker.

The Lions will likely look for a linebacker in April’s draft to take his place. The team could also look and see what’s available once free agency opens next month. James Laurinitis is available and Detroit would be foolish not to kick the tires on him.