Titans hoping to bring veteran LB Stephen Tulloch back

The Tennessee Titans don’t know what the future holds for Stephen Tullock, but they sure would like him back.

Although the club invested two of its top four picks in linebackers last week, it’s holding out hope that Tulloch, who has led the team in tackles the last two seasons, will return in 2011. First, they need to determine if he will be unrestricted or restricted as a free agent. That will depend on what type of rules the NFL decides on whenever it finally opens the new league year.

But general manager Mike Reinfeldt expressed a desire to retain Tulloch on a teleconference with fans on Friday.

We’d very much like him back,” Reinfeldt said, according to John Glennon of the Tennessean. “We drafted him. We kind of trained him up. He fits in well. He’s a good player. We’d welcome him back.

“I think what we tried to do (in the draft) at the linebacker position and in all the positions is really create as much competition as possible: Get as many good football players as you can at each spot. (But) Stephen Tulloch is a good football player and we want him back.”

Tennessee added UCLA’s Akeem Ayers in the second round and selected Miami’s Colin McCarthy in the fourth round, strengthening itself at linebacker.

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