LB Keith Bulluck, a long-time member of the Tennessee Titans and played for the New York Giants last year, wants to return and play for a 12th year. Like most long-time veterans, Bulluck has his eye on a short list of teams to lend his services to. Included on his list are the New York Giants, the Detroit Lions, and the New England Patriots. The Giants are at the top of his list for the faith they showed in him by signing him last season when he was coming off an injury. The Detroit Lions are coached by Jim Schwartz, a former defensive coordinator of the Titans and someone Bulluck knows well. His reasons for including the Pats on his short list are two-fold:
“New England is always veteran-friendly, and I know, every year, they’re in contention of winning,” Bulluck said.
Would, or should, the Patriots be interested in Keith Bulluck’s services?
Keith Bulluck has been an excellent linebacker in the NFL for a long time, but recently age and injuries are catching up with him. That is going to work against him when it comes to a fit with the Patriots. Bulluck would project to play inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. He’s too small at 6-3, 235 to play on the outside, and he’s not quick enough to just rush the passer from the outside on passing downs.
Unfortunately for Bulluck, inside linebacker is pretty well stocked for the Patriots. Not only is it stocked, but it has youth as well, which makes those players useful special teams players, adding to their value. At inside linebacker, the Pats currently have Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Gary Guyton, and Dane Fletcher. That’s a tough group to crack.
Bulluck’s only hope, in my opinion, for landing on the Patriots is if there is a training camp injury and he is brought in for depth. I don’t know if that’s a role Keith Bulluck is willing to take. That likely lands him on the Lions or the Giants. Personally, I think his best fit is on the Lions. They are a young, up-and-coming team that could use some more veteran leadership, something Bulluck could provide quite well.