Louis Delmas was one of the vocal leaders on the Detroit Lions defense during his five-year tenure before being cut by the team last week. The Lions were able to clear salary cap space by releasing both Delmas and wide reciever Nate Burleson. With the intent on testing the free agent market this offseason, Delmas is beginning his search by visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
In 65 games played for the Lions, Delmas compiled 239 career tackles with 24 passes defended, 16 stuffs, six interceptions and four forced fumbles. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2009 and was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010 and 2011. Delmas was also a First-Team All-MAC in 2008 during his senior year at Western Michigan before being drafted in the second round by the Lions.
The North Miami Beach native re-signed with Detroit before the 2013 season for two years worth $9.4 million. By releasing Delmas before his contract was up, the Lions will save $6.5 million. The release of Delmas and Burleson will now give the Lions the opportunity to extend defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh‘s contract this offseason.
If Delmas chooses to sign with the Steelers once free agency begins on Mar. 11, he will have an opportunity to start Week 1 for another franchise. There will be room for Delmas with the Steelers because safety Ryan Clark is set to leave for free agency.
Pittsburgh will acquire an aggressive and hard hitting safety who never takes plays off in a given week. However, despite playing in 16 games last season, Delmas was limited in practices due to a degenerative knee condition which could affect his play next season.