Detroit Lions fans holding out hope that free agent safety Louis Delmas will re-sign with the team got some good news tonight.
Rams made a contract offer to Detroit safety Louis Delmas, but he has left town for visit to San Francisco.
— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) March 14, 2013
While it is nearly impossible to tell what exactly is going on during the free agency process with all the posturing that goes on from teams and player alike, the fact that Delmas left St. Louis without a deal spells trouble for the Rams. Lions fans got a firsthand example of what can happen when a team really wants to add a player when Jason Jones, Glover Quin and Reggie Bush all visited the Lions training facility and didn’t leave until a deal was done. The Rams apparently don’t feel as strongly about Delmas, who will now check out what the San Francisco 49ers have to offer.
Delmas also reportedly had an offer from the Lions on the table before unrestricted free agency officially opened on Tuesday but he has chosen to test the waters just the same. Delmas indicated a desire to returns to the Lions when speaking to the Detroit Free Press last week and the news that Delmas is leaving St. Louis without agreeing to a deal suggest he isn’t seeing the contract he wants in order to make a change of address.
Of course, it could be that Delmas just wants to give all interested parties a chance to make their pitch before making a decision. Whatever the case, the longer the process drags out the more likely it would seem that Delmas could return to Detroit. The big money deals are always the first to get done and with day two of the free agency period drawing to a close and Delmas leaving one city for another, there isn’t any reason to believe one team’s offer is significantly better than another.
Where the Lions fit into that battle remains to be seen. For now, all we know is that they aren’t out of it yet.