Friday, February 22, 2013
Delmas heading to market?
By Tim Kavanagh
At one time poised to be one of the league's rising studs at the safety position, Louis Delmas battled a number of injuries in recent campaigns, and his future with the Detroit Lions is up in the air as a result, as is the case with a number of their impending free agents (including six starters on defense alone).
"Our doctors are still evaluating his situation," Lions GM Martin Mayhew said of Delmas at the scouting combine, via ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert. "And we're still making those decisions as we speak."
This coyness about the club's interest in re-signing Delmas could be just typical offseason GM-speak; or, it could be our first real hint that he'll be playing elsewhere in 2013. Despite the injury history, Delmas will certainly generate a market for his services in free agency, as many of the other top players at safety are headed for a franchise tag from their incumbent teams.
Here's Seifert on the possible implications of Mayhew's comments:
Kevin SeifertOminous words on Delmas
"I realize that general managers don't like to signal their offseason plans, but I found Mayhew's response on Delmas to be far less definitive than I would have guessed. Does it mean Delmas has a chronic injury that can't easily be corrected by surgery? At the end of last season, at least, it appeared Delmas was gutting out a miserable situation via limited practice time and game-day decisions. That approach can work for getting through a given season, but it doesn't lend itself to much of a long-term financial commitment. If they do bring Delmas back, you wonder if it will be a short-term deal that protects the team in case the knee does not improve."