The Detroit Lions released a few players last week due to salary cap issues. One of those players included 27 year old safety Louis Delmas, who is now a free agent that can sign with any team. Considering the Eagles' need for safeties, BGN wondered aloud if they should have interest in Delmas. I asked the BGN universe to vote and here's how the final results shaped up:
One of the concerns with Delmas has to do with his injury history. Delmas played all 16 games for Detroit last year but he has missed time in previous seasons due to having surgery in both knees. According to Reuben Frank of CSN Philly, the Eagles won't have serious interest in signing Delmas, and his injury concerns are likely the reason why.
The Eagles’ lack of interest in Delmas is likely related to his health. Delmas is just 26 but has a degenerative knee condition that limits his ability to practice and could potentially affect his availability down the line. [...] According to the Detroit Free Press, he practiced just once most weeks this past season because of his nagging knee injuries.
It's worth noting the Eagles signed injury-prone safety Kenny Phillips to a deal last year, but that contract was completely without guaranteed money. Phillips was unable to prove he could still play well and was cut before the season started.
With Delmas unlikely in the plans, the Eagles will have to wait until the start of free agency beginning March 11 to address their gaping need at safety. The wait could be worth it as there is more reliable talent available at that time.
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