AP Source: Delmas back to Lions with 2-year deal

March 15, 2013

Louis Delmas is returning to the Detroit Lions, whose secondary looks a bit more stable than it did at the beginning of the week.

Delmas agreed to a two-year contract to stay with the Lions, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because no announcement had been made.

The 25-year-old Delmas returns to Detroit after the Lions added free agent safety Glover Quin earlier this week. They also retained free agent cornerback Chris Houston.

Delmas played only eight games last season but started them all. He was limited by left knee problems. He's started 49 games in four seasons with the Lions.

It's been a busy week for the Lions, who introduced Quin, running back Reggie Bush and defensive end Jason Jones on Wednesday. They then held a news conference Thursday to welcome Houston back - and announced the retirement of Jeff Backus, who was a mainstay on the offensive line for the last dozen years.

Detroit hopes Bush will help diversify an offense that already includes quarterback Matthew Stafford and star receiver Calvin Johnson. The offensive line could look a lot different next season - tackle Gosder Cherilus left via free agency. And the Lions could also use more help on the defensive line. Cliff Avril signed with Seattle and the team released veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch last month.

In addition to whatever free agent moves the team still could make, the Lions have the No. 5 pick in this year's draft.