Delmas agrees to two-year deal with Lions

March 15, 2013

When he’s healthy and playing, safety Louis Delmas is the heart and soul of the Detroit Lions’ secondary.

The Lions confirmed Friday that they have agreed to a two-year contract with their emotional leader, one of their many unrestricted free agents this season. The deal is worth more than $9 million.

The agreement comes two days after the Lions signed Glover Quin, a free-agent safety from Houston, and re-signed cornerback Chris Houston.

Having all three around next season should help solidify the Lions' secondary, a source of concern for years.

Delmas, a second-round pick by Detroit in 2009 out of Western Michigan, missed at total of 13 games the past two years because of knee injuries. He flew into town last week, at the request of the Lions, to have a physical to determine his medical condition.

Delmas, 25, took free-agent visits to St. Louis and San Francisco the past couple of days, but he decided in the end to return to Detroit.

Dylan Gandy, a special-teams player and reserve center/guard, also agreed to a one-year contract. Gandy, who has played for the Lions the past four seasons, was an unrestricted free agent.