NFL Free Agency might start on March 11th, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are not taking a passive wait-and-see approach between now and them. Faced with an aging secondary struggling to create turnovers and the impending departure of 7 year starter Ryan Clark, the Steelers brought Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas to the South Side for a get to know you session.
Ryan Clark knows what’s afoot and is at peace with the situation, if his Tweets are any measure:
Just text w Louis Delmas. Live his game, he’d be a great fit for Coach Lebeau & the Steelers! Hope all goes well. God bless bro
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) February 17, 2014
Delamas was drafted by Detroit in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. As Detroit was coming off of an 0-16 season, they had the first pick that year making Delmas the first pick in the second round – or the first player picked after the Steelers picked Ziggy Hood at the end of the first round.
Delmas became an immediate starter for the Lions, although he did miss about half of 2012 due to injury. During his time there he’s made 6 interceptions and registered 5 sacks. In the Steelers victory over Detroit in 2013, Delmas did not record any splash plays, but was fourth on the team for tackles, and defensed a Ben Roethlisberger pass.
- As Delmas has been released by the Lions due to salary cap reasons, he is free to sign at any time.
In addition to Clark, Will Allen is also slated to be a free agent, while Robert Golden and projected starter Shamarko Thomas remain under contract, as does Troy Polamalu. While Polamalu is expected to return to the Steelers in 2014, reports indicate the Steelers will seek a more cap-friendly deal.
Moving Ike Taylor to safety is also a possibility, although like Polamalu, the Steelers also are said to be seeking a more cap friendly deal with Taylor.