The Miami Dolphins brought back into the fold a trio of players Friday, re-signing safety Louis Delmas, running back LaMichael James and quarterback Matt Moore.
Delmas, 27, became a vocal leader in Miami’s secondary after signing a one-year deal with the Dolphins last offseason. He appeared in 13 games (12 starts) with Miami before tearing the ACL in his right knee in a Week 14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He registered 49 total tackles, one sack, one interception, one touchdown and three passes defensed.
"I am happy that we have been able to reach agreements with Louis and Matt to keep them as members of the Miami Dolphins," Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said in a press release. "Louis was a quality addition to Miami last season who added energy and playmaking ability from the safety position. Matt has provided stability and leadership for the Dolphins in his time here and we’re excited to have both of them back."
Despite the 9-12 month recovery time that typically accompanies a torn ACL, Delmas expects to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.
"The knee is great," Delmas said via conference call. "My doctors and my training staff have been doing a great job of managing me and making sure that I’m doing everything protocol-wise to be able to play the first game of the season.
"I definitely know that I’ll be ready for the first game of the season. That’s definitely not a worry for me."
When Delmas does return to the field, he’ll be reunited with Miami’s biggest offseason acquisition, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. A second-round pick of the Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft, Delmas spent four seasons with Suh on Detroit’s defense.
"(We’re) definitely going to have fun," Delmas said of Suh’s arrival. "That’s one guy right there that can basically run a whole defense by himself. He has great enthusiasm, great energy to the ball and he’s a vicious player when it comes time to get to the ball."