Tulloch confirms return to Lions in 2015 with Instagram post

Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch adamantly confirmed that he will return to the Detroit Lions for the 2015 season with a message posted on Instagram.

Tulloch, 30, had been mentioned as a possible salary-cap casualty candidate simply because the Lions could save $3.2 million against the cap by releasing him.

Creating some cap space would be necessary for the Lions to re-sign Ndamukong Suh.

What’s more, Tulloch is coming back from a season-ending knee injury, and the defense ended up as one of the best in the league even without him, in part because of the emergence of his replacement, Tahir Whitehead.

Tulloch, however, clearly has been informed that releasing him isn’t an option.

"Let’s put all the questions and speculations to rest," Tulloch said in his message. "I will be back in Detroit for my 10th season this year.

"I appreciate the Lions organization for believing in me and having the confidence that I’ll be back to the player that I’ve always been.

"Trust and know I grind hard every day and will hit the field running when it’s time to suit up."