Dolphins sign S Louis Delmas, cut CB Dimitri Patterson

Louis Delmas had 245 tackles over five seasons with the Lions.

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The Miami Dolphins signed safety Louis Delmas and cut veteran cornerback Dimitri Patterson on Monday, one day before free agency began in earnest.

Delmas, recently cut by the Detroit Lions, signed a one-year deal worth up to $3.5 million, according to FOX Sports 1 Insider Mike Garafolo.

Pro Football Talk reported Sunday that Miami was closing in on free-agent offensive tackle Branden Albert, who could sign as early as Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Delmas, 26, is expected to replace free agent Chris Clemons and join fellow safety Reshad Jones in the Dolphins secondary. A Fort Pierce, Fla. native who grew up in Miami, Delmas played five years with the Lions after being a second-round pick out of Western Michigan.

"I feel I put myself in a better situation," Delmas said on a Tuesday night conference call. "Players say the coaching staff is one of the best and I see myself winning here."

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Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said he was happy to bring home a South Florida product.

"He’s a player who plays with great passion, a love of the game, has a physical presense and playmaking ability," Hickey said.

The 5-foot 11, 202-pound Delmas was limited to 19 games overall in 2011-12. He played in all 16 games this past season but missed practice time due to rest ailing knees.

The safety said he sees this as a great opportunity and hopes to prove a lotto himself and others by, "staying healthy, being a ball hog and go out there and make plays."

The signing of Delmas likely means Miami will not pursue free agent Jairus Byrd, considered the top safety on the market.

Patterson, 30 and a Miami native, played in just six games (four starts) last season. He was due to earn $5.4 million dollars in 2014 before being cut, according to the Miami Herald.

Teams were free to negotiate with players during the weekend, though signings can’t take place until Tuesday.

Last week, the Dolphins re-signed Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes to a four-year deal worth reportedly $32 million ($16 million guaranteed).

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