Report: Louis Delmas flown in for physical

Posted by ttwentyman on March 8, 2013 – 11:36 am

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine that Louis Delmas’ injury history would be taken into consideration when deciding whether to re-sign the talented young safety or not.

“I think that we really focus on an injury history, injury background, on their personal character, football character, their playing ability, obviously,” Mayhew said when asked about Delmas specifically.

“But the injury question always comes into play. It’s something that you always want to be aware of, you want to know what you’re buying and I think that’s going to be a factor going forward for a lot of our free agents.”

Mayhew said the Lions’ doctors were “still evaluating his situation and … making those decisions.”

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions have flown Delmas back to Allen Park for a physical. Free agency begins Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The Lions have always wanted Delmas back for 2013 and beyond. He’s the heart and soul of the Lions’ defense and one of their few play makers on that side of the football.

It was never a question of his talent, but rather a worry that the 13 games he’s missed the last two seasons because of knee troubles might be a concerning trend.

The Lions are going to do their homework. Hopefully the physical checks out and that’s the last hurdle to him being re-signed.

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4 Responses to “Report: Louis Delmas flown in for physical”

  1. By Ken on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    Not sure you want to invest any long term plans in Delmas. I really like his drive but if he’s not on the field he can’t help the team. Detroit needs to play their young guys. I don’t understand why we need linebackers and DBs and DEs if we drafted a bunch of them last year. The two kids for OK are a LB and DE. Play them. If they are good enough to draft they they should be good enough to play. If they stink then we need to look at the draft process and find out why we picked them in the first place. Look at the three DBs we drafted last year. Play them all. I know they were injured last year but don’t keep drafting more until we find out if these guys can play. I don’t understand why the Lions don’t do this? Other teams play their youth and that is how you develop young talent. Reiff was a first round pick. Again if they are only using him part time then they should have picked soemone else. It’s not easy being a Lions fan. Go Lions.

  2. By Andrea L. Molinari on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    I am genuinely concerned about what the Lions plan to do about Cliff Avril.

    I do not imagine that he is a “Jared Allen” type talent but he was far and away the best, most productive DE we have had. Who will replace him if we let him walk? Don not say LoJack or Willie Young. Neither could beat out an aging, injured KVB for playing time. Avril is a good character guy and he plays injured and is still reasonably productive. That is worth something. This is the same with Chris Houston. Are there better DBs? Sure. But a “B” CB or DE who shows up (is available) week in and week out is worth something. What good is an “A” player who isn’t on the field? You CAN win with “B” players… if they are on the field.

  3. By Thomas V on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    They need to cut bait with Delma. He’s upset because he feels like his team doesn’t support him but seriously, he’s on the bench more than in the game. Cut him loose and sign someone that will be on the field for us. Let Avril go and get someone else to play his spot. I agree with letting the hammer have a run. Why did we draft him if he’s a project and in the 4th round yet? There are a lot of good players that would help us out in free agency. I really hope that Stafford restructures a long term deal to keep him in town with Megatron and allows the Lions to get better players. Also, don’t sign Bush (although I think he’s not looking to join the Lions)and get a speedy back in the fourth. Also, grab the Honey Badger in the third if he’s there. Take a center with our compensatory pick in the 4th. Play the DB’s we took last year, along with the LB’s and DE’s. Also, if we keep drafting guys to sit on our bench, I’m going to go nuts. Our team is not good enough to draft like that. There’s also NO WAY Whitehead was the best play available, and we even traded up to get him.

  4. By Rich Williams on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    I believe Avril is a product of the defense. You have players like Suh, Williams, Fairley, Hill, etc. clogging up the middle for a few years now and they all demand a lot of double teaming. It makes it much easier for players like Vanden Bosch and Avril to attack the outside. Is he worth $15 million or do we allow Willie Young and our other young DE’s to show what they can do. My opinion is let Avril go unless he is willing to take a home town discount.

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