Despite only playing in eight games last season, Louis Delmas was the best safety for the Detroit Lions. The team now appears ready to walk away from their unrestricted free agent.
The Lions flew Delmas into Detroit for a physical to check on his knee issues that have caused so many problems for the team. Since playing In 15 games in both 2009 and 2010, Delmas has only played in a combined 19 games the last two years.
Delmas left Detroit with no contract, which is a bad sign for the Lions and fans of Delmas in the Honolulu Blue. In 2012, the Lions paid Delmas a base salary of $973,000 and a total salary of $1.75 million. Delmas is due a raise, despite his missed time last season.
In the eight games he played in 2012, Delmas had 38 tackles and one interception. The Lions saw what the former Western Michigan Bronco was capable in his first two years. In his rookie 2009 season, Delmas had 94 tackles, one quarterback sack, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and one defensive touchdown. Delmas’ sophomore season in Detroit was just as impressive.
As a Lions fan, it is incredibly sad to see the team let Delmas go. While a deal is not completely out of reach, the team will lose him if he hits the open market on Tuesday. There are several teams interested in Delmas and they all have a better salary cap situation than the Lions.
Without Delmas, the Lions will likely draft a safety in the 2013 NFL Draft or sign one in free agency. The team currently has safeties Don Carey, John Wendling and Tyrell Johnson all under contract. The team will certainly miss Delmas in 2013.