The Dolphins have agreed to sign Louis Delmas, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (via Twitter). The veteran safety, who was released by the Lions last month, can earn up to $3.5MM on his new one-year contract, Florio reports.
Delmas, who turns 27 in April, started all 16 games for the Lions in 2013, recording 64 tackles, three interceptions, and a pair of sacks. He also ranked 26th among NFL safeties using Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics (subscription required). Despite his solid performance, he was cut by Detroit because of his oversized cap number and also perhaps due to lingering concerns about his knees. In 2011 and 2012, Delmas missed 13 games due to knee injuries.
The Dolphins were one of several teams Delmas visited in the last few weeks. The Saints and Steelers were among the clubs who met with the former second-round pick, while the Broncos, Ravens, and Falcons were all believed to have at least a little interest at some point. With Delmas locked up, the Dolphins likely won’t be seriously involved in bidding for top-tier free agent safeties like Jairus Byrd, who was linked to Miami earlier today.