Agent: Knee injury won't be free agent issue for Bulluck

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 1:10pm

Linebacker Keith Bulluck’s knee injury won’t be an issue when it comes to free agency, says his agent.

Bulluck, 32, tore the ACL in his left knee on Dec. 20 against the Miami Dolphins, and underwent surgery approximately a week later.
Gary Wichard, Bulluck’s long-time agent, indicated that, “He’s doing great. He’s ahead of schedule.”

In terms of the injury, Bulluck’s value to the Titans and on the open market might be difficult to gauge. But Wichard does not believe that to be necessarily the case.

“To me, the ACL is not an issue. Players come back from those sorts of injuries all the time now,” Wichard said. “It’s not the same type of injury it was 15 or 20 years ago.”

The normally loquacious Bulluck has been keeping a low profile throughout the process. He returned a request for an interview with The City Paper with a text message on Wednesday that explained he is spending all his time rehabbing the knee.

“Busy rehab’n. We’ll talk when there’s something 4 me 2 talk about,” Bulluck said in the text.

Regarding the injury, Bulluck is fortunate that the ACL tear was the only issue, as the other ligaments in the knee were not damaged on the play where the knee buckled.

“It was just one of those freaky things that happened,” Wichard said. “He wasn’t even touched on the play. It was a clean tear to the ACL. Nothing else was torn. He had started 127 consecutive games up until then.”

Thus far, talks between the Titans and Bulluck about a potential return to Nashville have been non-existent, and both Wichard and Bulluck are ready for the outside linebacker to test free agency for the first time in his career beginning March 5.

As for the Titans’ lack of interest in dealing thus far, Wichard said the club knows what sort of player and person Bulluck is.

“It’s just another team right now. They’re the ones that are looking for football players on defense,” Wichard said. “Keith Bulluck has been there for 10 years, so they know what kind of player he is. And that had 14 games to evaluate him last year. That’s the deal.”

Prior to the injury, Bulluck had been a model of consistency for the Titans, missing just one game in his 10-year career. This past season, he had 108 total tackles and three interceptions.


6 Comments on this post:

By: cmarcus45 on 2/17/10 at 12:30

"the club knows what sort of player and person Bulluck is"

Exactly. He's a great guy who is good for the club and the city. He reflects positively on both in a time when so many prima donnas and troublemakers reflect poorly on their clubs and cities. Add to that his consistency and on-the-field accomplishments and I fail to see why the Titans aren't being more proactive.

By: TITAN1 on 2/17/10 at 12:52

Age and huge contract might not go together. We'll see how it plays out.

By: jwk6179 on 2/17/10 at 1:50

Re-signing with the Titans may be the only way he assures himself a "Huge" contract. Coming off a MAJOR KNEE INJURY at 32 years of age, I don't see many NFL offering him a Long Term Deal worth a lot of money. He may be an ICON in Nashville, but how well known is he to football fans outside of Middle Tennessee? Ray Lewis is more well known and respected in the NFL, but when he became a free-agent after last season, Dallas was the only club that offered him a contract and for a lot less than he was offered when he re-signed with Baltimore for.

By: TITAN1 on 2/17/10 at 2:12

jw, thanks for saying what I tried to say. His agent thinks he can still get a huge deal. I think he is a very good player but with the surgery and his age, I don't see him getting a huge contract. I think he can still produce but at a reasonable price.

By: TitansFan035 on 2/18/10 at 9:20

See ya don't let the door hit you in the arrssee!!! I doubt any team in the NFL will give Bulluck, tons of cash! We got bigger fish to fry now whos is goina get the franchise tag this year in Nashville?

By: wayneCaluger on 2/18/10 at 2:46

While not Titan or NFL football related just received the following news from a friend

Vanderbilt's top-rated football signee dies
Running back Rajaan Bennett, the highest-rated recruit in Vanderbilt's 2010 football signing class, died early this morning in an apparent murder-suicide at the family's Georgia home.

Prayers to Rajaan Bennett family and friends

As for the franchise tag I think they are going to hang it once again on Bo Scaife, sort of what we went through with Haynesworth. Have a whole season to hammer out a deal and then wait until just before free agency to start on it. it appears Kevin Mawae is going to test the free agency market. As for Bulluck it cuts two ways they might be able to cut a deal now for less than free agency offers he might get. So now it will be a wait and see being this close to free agency.

I don't expect Bulluck will get more than a two or three year offer, but there are several teams out there that could use his on and off field leadership. I suspect he will end up with the Saints if not resigned by the Titans primarily for his leadership and ability to read the offense to set coverage.