Louis Delmas re-signs with Detroit Lions
The Detroit secondary has been a massive weakness for several seasons now. Suddenly, thanks to a rash of moves during the first week of free agency, the Lions might have some reasons for optimism.
The latest: Louis Delmas opted Friday to re-sign with the Lions after reportedly visiting the 49ers earlier this week. Delmas will rejoin a safety crew that includes new Lion Glover Quin and the recently re-signed Amari Spievey. Detroit also managed to lock up No. 1 cornerback Chris Houston with a multi-year deal.
Delmas has been unable to stay healthy during his NFL career -- he missed eight games last season, five in 2011 and one each in 2009 and '10. When he is on the field, however, he can be a difference-maker and a potential Quin-Delmas pairing deep could bolster the Lions' defense significantly.
The market for Delmas was a hard one to figure, since his potential as an aggressive and hard-hitting young safety did not erase the questions about his health. But the reported two-year deal Detroit handed Delmas likely included a lowered salary and performance-based incentives.
In other words, assuming the Lions were able to get this done in a way that puts the onus on Delmas to avoid injury and play well, it could be a boon.
Grade: B-minus. The success or failure of this move comes down to Delmas' health. The Lions did not want to lose him as a free agent, because he's been one of their best defenders over multiple seasons. Too often, though, he's been relegated to standing on the sideline.I bumped this grade down after the numbers on it were revealed -- two years at a little more than $9 million. That's a lot of money to commit to an injury-prone player.