Three and out: Delmas draws interest
Mar 4, 2014 at 11:29a ET
There was immediate speculation that Delmas still could return to the Lions at a reduced salary if he didnât get a better offer.
But at least three teams have shown legitimate interest in him so far. Delmas has taken visits to Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Miami.
The Dolphins are strongly considering making an offer to Delmas, according to the Miami Herald.
Corvey Irvin is returning to the Lions to compete for a backup job at defensive tackle.
Irvin (6-foot-2, 295 pounds) was a third-round draft pick by Carolina in 2009. He appeared in six games last season for Dallas, finishing with three tackles and no sacks.
The Lions, as expected, were not one of the four teams in the NFL to use the "franchise tag" this year.
It would have cost around $7 million on a one-year deal to use the tag on tight end Brandon Pettigrew and keep him entering free agency.
This is the second straight year the Lions haven't used the tag. The last time they did was for defensive end Cliff Avril in 2012.
The tag allows a team to keep one player each year from becoming a free agent but it often comes at an extreme price -- typically the average of the top five salaries for players at that position -- for the one-year deal.
General manager Martin Mayhew has said that re-signing Pettigrew is a top priority, but the tag price made no sense in this case because it would have put the club too close to the salary-cap limit again.