Louis Delmas had a contract offer on the table from the Detroit Lions as he embarked on a free agency tour with stops in St. Louis and San Francisco. Apparently the deal he wanted, or at least thought was out there, wasn’t and he has decided to stay with the Lions.
For real (with no fake agency and his name spelled right): Louis Delmas is headed to the Lions, source confirms (@profootballtalk was first)
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2013
For a while it looked like Delmas would be moving on. The Lions signed Glover Quin and while that shouldn’t have precluded the Lions from re-upping with Delmas, it made retaining him less of a priority. Then a tweet came out from an agency that Delmas had signed with the 49ers. Just on problem – the tweet wasn’t from the firm that actually represents Delmas and his first name was spelled “Luis”. The contents of that tweet were quickly refuted (shocking!) and Delmas remained in play for the Lions.
Financial terms were not immediately available but the value of the contract was very likely suppressed by concerns over the ability of Delmas to stay healthy. Now four years in to his NFL career, Delmas has yet to play all 16 games in a season and his games played numbers are trending in the wrong direction.
The Lions now look a whole lot better at safety than they did a week ago. Quin and Delmas (when healthy) give the Lions a nice pair of safeties with Amari Spievey (also when healthy) and Don Carey providing depth. The Lions have improved while also adding depth to assure that we don’t see John Wendling play on defense in 2013.
[UPDATE: The financials are in and the deal is worth 9.465 million according to Pro Football Talk. It is more than I was expecting but Delmas could prove worthy if healthy.]