When looking over the Detroit Lions’ list of salary cap commitments for 2014, two names stuck out as being prime targets to be released. Nate Burleson was scheduled to have the fourth-highest cap hit on the team and new broke earlier today that he would be released.
Now, news is breaking that Louis Delmas has also become a cap casualty.
The #Lions have also released S Louis Delmas. That saves them another $6 mil. Team has cut $11.5 from the 2014 cap today.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) February 13, 2014
Delmas is coming off a season in which he played a full 16-game schedule for the first time in his career, yet it took some drastic cuts in the normal practice schedule to get his bad knees through the season. In the end, Delmas was scheduled to earn far more than his play warranted.
Reports indicate that Burleson is not a candidate to return on a cheaper deal but Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Lions do have that interest with Delmas. He made the free agent tour last season before re-signing with the Lions and while the Lions may have interest in bringing Delmas back, Delmas wants to look around first. Because Delmas is a free agent as a result of being released and not an expiring contract, he is free to sign with any team whenever he wants. Players whose contracts expired following the 2013 season have to wait until the free agency period opens on March 11.
The two cuts get the Lions under the projected 2014 salary cap.