The Detroit Lions released safety Louis Delmas on Thursday, and the five-year veteran is suddenly one of the most attractive free agents floating out in the market. Many teams could benefit from the services of Delmas, but the one team that could use him the most is the Chicago Bears.
Chris Conte and Major Wright were the two starting safeties for the Bears this past season, and overall their play in the secondary was atrocious. Both Conte and Wright were constantly out of position in attempts to make tackles and were beaten numerous times on deep passing plays. Unfortunately, the most important play of the year was Conte leaving a receiver wide open for a game-winning touchdown in Week 17 which resulted in Chicago being eliminated from making the postseason.
Adding Delmas to the roster would definitely be an upgrade from Conte and Wright. Chances are that the Bears won’t re-sign Wright, and Conte will likely be benched during the final year of his rookie contract. Putting Delmas in the starting lineup along with a talented safety from this year’s draft could put the Bears in position to improve a defense that was ranked 30th overall in defense in the NFL last season.
With the resent departure from the Lions, Delmas would be a good fit for the Bears’ defense in 2014. Although he has had knee problems over the past few seasons, resulting in 13 missed games from 2010-11, Delmas still imposes a physical presence over the middle.
Also, Delmas could possibly give Chicago’s defense something that they haven’t had in a while in a Pro Bowler at the safety position. From 2010-11, Delmas was named an alternate to the Pro Bowl. The last Bears safety to be selected to the Pro Bowl was Mike Brown in 2005.
In addition, because Delmas has played the first five years of his professional career in Detroit, his familiarity with the NFC North will only help when it comes to Chicago going up against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ offense as well as Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson of the Lions.
The Bears will have to look somewhere to get some help in their secondary for the 2014 campaign, and keeping an eye on Delmas wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.