The Lions released 26-year old safety Louis Delmas on Thursday. The former second round pick (2009) made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2011 and was a consistent play-maker in the Lions secondary when healthy. Delmas has been injury prone, missing 13 games between 2012-2013, but played in all 16 games last year. Delmas has good range in coverage and is a big hitter against the run.
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The Lions are hoping to bring Delmas back, but the Bears will have a window to negotiate a deal with Delmas for considerably less than the $5.5M he was scheduled to make this year. Anytime you can get better while hurting a rival, then you should at least look into it right? When healthy, Delmas is a Pro Bowl caliber safety. It seems like Delmas has been a Lion for a long time, but he’s only 26 and would be a good investment for the Bears at a position that has been a weak spot since Mike Brown retired. He’s definitely an upgrade over last year’s starting strong safety, Major Wright.