Louis Delmas signs with Dolphins

Louis Delmas, a second-round pick out of Western Michigan in 2009, spent the first five years of his career with Detroit.

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It’s now official that safety Louis Delmas won’t be returning to the Detroit Lions.

Delmas signed a one-year deal Monday with the Miami Dolphins. Unlike many free agents who can’t sign with another club until Tuesday at 4 p.m., Delmas was eligible to sign immediately because he had been released by the Lions a few weeks ago.

There had been speculation that he could return to Detroit if he didnt find a better offer and would be willing to accept less money. The Lions released him because they wanted to dump his high salary-cap hit.

The Lions are now definitely in the market to find a replacement at safety because Delmas started all 16 games last season. The club could sign a free agent in the upcoming days or possibly use a high draft pick on someone to take over for him.

Delmas, a second-round pick out of Western Michigan in 2009, spent the first five years of his career with Detroit.