Report: Free Agent S Louis Delmas Visiting With Steelers On Monday

According to Pro Football Talk, recently released safety Louis Delmas is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.

Delmas, who was released by the Detroit Lions last week, spent his entire five-year career with Detroit after being selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Western Michigan.

While Delmas did start all 16 games for the Lions in 2013, he was also on their injury report all 16 weeks as well with a knee injury. That knee injury cost him a ton of practice time and many view it as a degenerative condition.

The Steelers are likely only kicking the tires on Delmas and unless he is willing to take the veteran minimum for his accrued years, I would be surprised if he lands in Pittsburgh. The Steelers could use a veteran safety with Ryan Clark unlikely to be re-signed, but Delmas comes with medical red flags on full display.

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  • steeltown

    Hmmm.. if that knee checks out this would be a welcomed signing

  • Matt Manzo

    If our intent is to draft a FS high this year, would it be cool if they were thinking Delmas and him split time? Is Delmas’ knee injury the type that could handle a part time roll.
    This would only make sense if they were thinking of drafting a S that could play now.
    And is Delmas better than WAllen?

  • unfurious

    On 93.7 The Fan, they said that Delmas has a degenerative knee condition that does not allow him to participate in many of his practices throughout the year. He did play all games last year and didn’t miss many snaps total.

  • steeltown

    He is far superior to W.Allen, but his knee issues might decide his fate. I for one would love to have him on roster at a position that is sorely lacking quality depth

  • SteelersDepot

    Funny, I said the same thing above.

  • steeltown

    I read somewhere he only missed 14snaps all year, but only practiced one day a week

  • Matt Manzo

    I just read that since he was terminated he can sign anywhere at anytime. Does that mean he doesn’t have to wait til free agency?

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Nope….no….no thanks….movin’ on here nothin’ to see. Since when do the Steelers take players from other teams’ scrap heap that come with broken parts?

  • SteelersDepot

    He is a street free agent as he was released so he can sign anywhere right now.

  • unfurious

    lol.. Fair enough. I missed “degenerative” above. I guess I still had the radio station in my head when I got in and logged on and commented before I thought. Sorry

  • LayDownTheHammer

    Medically speaking, I am comfortable with taking him with this condition for a couple years provided it’s not too much money. It will obviate the need to draft a S early (and move it to mid-late rounds) and we will not be asking too much of him in practice such as with Troy, Keisel, etc. Moreover, if we ascend Shark to starter opposite Troy, he will not have much game wear-and-tear either. Knee DJD does not increase your chances of having ligamentous tears, fractures, etc. It will mean lots of pain and early knee arthroplasty in the future for him, but (selfishly) for the Steelers purposes I think we should be happy if he decides to come here.

  • Berlusconi

    Mike Florio states that this may be a move to force Clark/Polamalu to accept what the Steelers have on the table. Could this be really influencing whether Clark is brought back or not? Would Polamalu take a paycut because of this?

  • Berlusconi

    Is there a chance that this degenerative disease advances faster than expected considering he is a football player and has high forces acting on his knees?

  • Matt Manzo

    Do we know anything about his attitude/personality? Is he the kind that has to start or he’s pissed? Or can he accept that the injury might mean he has to become a role playing type for less money? Maybe lose playing time to a developmental rookie?

  • steeltown

    Agreed.. If the price is right, he would be a welcomed addition to a thin secondary

  • chris ward

    If he clears medically and the price is right, I don’t mind it if the Steelers sign Delmas.

  • steeltown

    I’ve read he was a vocal leader in DET… the rest, I guess we’ll have to wait and see

  • SteelersDepot

    that reasoning is horse crap imho.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Besides the guy can’t/doesn’t practice, when and how is he going to learn LeBeau’s complex defense if not in practice? And this team is just supposed to trot him out there on game day? Haven’t we seen enough big plays against the secondary of this defense?
    Again…NOPE..!!!

  • LayDownTheHammer

    Absolutely. DJD (degenerative joint disease) means the articular cartilage, which is the smooth layer of cartilage on the exterior of the part of the femur making up the knee joint, gets worn down. Usually happens in elderly due to age, but it’s unclear in his case without digging up any past medical history, etc. I would say that he will be done by 30 voluntarily, or depending on how long he wants to push himself. I would expect him to keep having “cleanup surgeries” on his knee sporadically because DJD can cause bony spurs around the area as well as fibrous tissue to form that needs to be cleared for optimum joint function in the NFL. Hope that was helpful.

  • Aric Brown

    sounds like the perfect replacement for Clark

  • steeltown

    He’s more talented than anyone currently in our secondary not named Polamalu

  • Berlusconi

    Thank you. Sounds like a nasty disease.

  • Aric Brown

    far superior is an understatement… Delmas is solid

  • Berlusconi

    Great, so I am not the only one not understanding this reasoning

  • 20Stoney

    You can’t take much of anything Florio says too seriously. He’s the guy that reported Terry Bradshaw was dead.

  • T R

    we do all the time.. Levi Brown was the latest.. they just aint tell us LOL

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Delmas’ expiration date is seems to be rapidly approaching. There are other UFA S’s out there and last I checked there’s a few eligible to be drafted as well.

  • treeher

    His last two seasons have been very ordinary, if not below-standard. Sometimes the young guys can emerge from injury history if their bodies have time to recover and they change their workout regime. Not sure he fits that since he seemed to play through injuries so much (not only knee but also groin which can be a nagging issue). He’ll sign a one year “prove it” contract somewhere, possibly with Jets. Will be surprised if Steelers do.

  • PA2AK

    and they’d have an entire offseason to work with him…he’s a veteran…not a year one guy. Biggest question is how they feel on his health.

  • Berlusconi

    Good to know! Did not know that this was his story… hilarious

  • PA2AK

    I don’t think the Steelers are looking for him to take over the lead role…more just to solidify the position for the coming year.

  • Matt Manzo

    I loved him coming out of college! Starting to hope that this is the big FA move we make. Maybe find an OLB too?

  • treeher

    Agree, but he’ll land a starting role somewhere else.

  • PA2AK

    I think this sums it up best. He’s not the solution long term, but given the entirety of the situation…he’s a potential body to fill some immediate holes.

  • PA2AK

    could be right.

  • steeltown

    $5 says someone like Green Bay or Baltimore sign him quickly if we dont

  • steeltown

    Apparently Ryan Clark tweeted Delmas and is supporting the possible signing

  • kamil

    More indication that were going safety early, gimme pryor from louievill or deon buccanin wash st

  • Iron Cadet

    Not a fan, because of his knees he only practiced 1 day a week for most of the year and has played all 16 games only once. Stick with shamarko

  • PA2AK

    think they would bring him in to replace Shark or for depth?

  • steeltown

    Of course stick with Shamarko, but he’s the only young potential starter we have on roster.. Clark and Will Allen are out the door and Polamalu is not far behind. We need to get younger and deeper at the position, quickly. Whats the harm if he agrees to a one year deal? Maybe he stays healthy maybe he doesn’t, but currently we have no depth

  • PA2AK

    he’s just looking for insider information for his current job :-)

  • WIINGY

    Plus I’m pretty sure he would not mess up our comp picks since he’s a FA and not UFA

  • Iron Cadet

    If he comes in to take over will Allen’s role then I’m all for it. I just hope they aren’t looking at him over shark. And the knees really concern me

  • dgh57

    I see him as a Will Allen replacement(if signed)and we get younger in the process so I see this as possibly good news.

  • joed32

    As is Florio.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    They can have him.

  • Iron Cadet

    I hope it’s just for depth. Like will Allen’s role

  • dkoy85

    So we sign a FA and then we draft a safety early? It would make sense to draft S early if we dont sign in free agency. Ive been hoping they sign a solid safety to a two or three year deal and draft a raw mid round prospect and draft CB early and more than once. I would be pretty ticked if they draft safety high and sign a free agent on top of it… especially if they think Shark can start and Polamalu has a year left.

  • steelster

    Would rather see them sign chris clemons from the dolphins. Better in coverage and a durable player.

  • Guest

    Once he put on that Black and Yellow uniform his knee will be fine sign this today.

  • John A Stewart

    Once he puts on that Black and Yellow uniform his knee will be fine sign this guy now.