Steelers hosting Louis Delmas

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The Lions cut safety Louis Delmas last week.  The Steelers will be getting the first crack at signing him.

The 2009 second-round pick is visiting the Steelers on Monday, per a league source.  Because his contract was terminated, Delmas can sign with any team, at any time.

In Detroit, Delmas played safety in a defense that didn’t really pigeonhole one safety or the other as strong or free.  In Pittsburgh, free safety Ryan Clark will become a free agent, and strong safety Troy Polamalu has a base salary of $8.25 million and a cap number of $10.88 million.  Delmas could replace either of them, in theory.

Or his visit could be primarily about squeezing Clark and/or Polamalu into accepting whatever offer the Steelers currently have on the table.

73 responses to “Steelers hosting Louis Delmas

  1. We haven’t had a FS in Detroit for about a decade. You have to have strong coverage and ball skills and instincts for that. And we clearly have chosen to not have interest in those traits, or the scouts don’t know how to find it. I think we need 2 good Safeties at this point to add for the long-term, so we need a pair of guys that are nothing like anything we have had before. Good luck to us in acquiring the needed talent for that position, I won’t hold my breath.

  2. Good for my Steelers, Delmas was alwats solid and will be a fine replacemnt for Troy. He was getting long in the tooth, anyway.

    Of course, we may need to scour the free agent market even more, as the news of the lost draft pick for Sideline Gate should be coming soon.

  3. Steelers fans think they are the most important team in the NFL. Little do they know they only have 6 championships and the Packers and Bears have a combined 22 (13 for the Pack and 9 for the Bears) Nice try goofy Steelers fans, but you have a long way to go to be elite and historical like the NFC North teams (excluding the Lions and Vikings, which have 0)

  4. Dick LeBeau’s defense is very demanding with safeties; such as running up to the line of scrimmage on a zone blitz, or running all the way back on a cover bluff. I’m not a Steelers fan but I’m well aware of what that one guy, who happens to be a HoFer, does with his defense.

    Can Delmas be a good fit? Perhaps, or perhaps not. All I know is that he better be in prime conditioning because that defense has the safeties running around. A lot.

  5. Does sound like a squeeze play. Polamalo isn’t worth that kind of a cap hit. His best days are well behind him.

  6. anyone who thinks delmas is washed up or not a good safety. he is hard hitting and very good with coverage. you could see the difference with him in and with out. the lions def was so much worse when he was out.

  7. Haven’t been a Steelers fan since I was in grade school (Mean Joe Green era)…, but it would be weird to see Troy Polamalu in any uniform other than Steelers.

  8. The Steelers are $17 million over the cap right now. How exactly can they entertain the idea of signing any free agent player?

  9. this league is what have you done lately.half those titles are thirty forty years ago[before Ravens or things would be differnt]tierd of the six title thing.lets just go with things this century..

  10. I guess people exclude the fact that before the Super Bowl there was barely competition for championships. Not defending my Vikings, but if you use that to justify every conversation it kinda makes you look bad. Any of that Vikings dynasty trolling gets old, really just makes me and other smart Vikings fans look stupid.

  11. bearshaterseverywhere, sure the bears and packers have more total championships, but this is the Super Bowl era. The Pack has 4 and the Bears have 1. The Steelers alone have 6, toss in the Ravens and that’s another 2. Heck I’ll toss you a bone, the AFCN has 3 titles in the last 10 seasons to the 1 for the NFCN. The Pack and Bears may have been powerhouses pre-Super Bowl era but the Steelers are the blue print during the SB era.

  12. This is like shopping for an Armani suit when all you can afford is a t-shirt from K-mart. Only dreaming.

  13. It is pretty funny the way Steeler and Raven fans taunt each other like they are ones making decisions and putting on the pads. Don’t forget the owners mantra guys; “there is an ass for every seat”.

  14. I am not taking anything away from the Pack, Bears, Browns, and Giants, the franchises earned all 13, 9, 8, and 8 titles, but the Pack(9), Bears(8), and Browns(8) were the pre SB blue print and the Steelers(6) are the SB era blue print.

    In the words of the great Peter Griffin, it grinds my gears when fans from the weakest division(8-7-1 won it)talks like they are the best.

    Scoobs, I can admit weather by fluke or skill a win is a win.

  15. Actually Delmas does not practice much but he does play in games. He may have played in all 16 for Detroit last year if not 15 for sure. If the price is right it would be worth the roster spot. Remember Pitt never pays much for any free agent. The last really worth while free agent pick up was Bettis. Cotchery looks to be promising too.

  16. A stopgap to fill the FS spot until they draft a replacement or develop Shamarko Thomas or Robert Golden into starters? Yes. A replacement or even stopgap for Troy? No way!

    Shamarko is being groomed to take one of the two slots — likely SS — and he showed some promise in spot duty last year. Robert Golden has really come around as of late too.

    No one can ever replace Troy; he is a one-of-a-kind safety. You can only hope someone can come in and fit the system that is in place.

  17. Football championships are championships, regardless of the name attached to it. There was a championship football team before the “superbowl” became the nomenclature. And you can mention the Bears, the Packers, the Steelers as being football champions. But have you all forgotten the Browns? How many championships did they win?

  18. I dare the Steelers to cut Troy Polamalu. They know they should, know they need to but are too scared. Every team needs an Ozzie.

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    Does the name Boldin ring a bell? Ozzie walks on the ground and puts his pants on one leg at a time…..we have a good GM so you can keep Ozzie.

  19. You know why there are Bears haters everywhere? Because their fans do things like count all the pre-superbowl championships when bragging and then claim the Lions have never won a championship. Lions have won four championships you DB.

  20. Like I always say, if he’s good enough to be cut from a team that’s never gone to the SB, he’s good enough to star in a team whose SB days are dead and gone.

  21. JMF, Steelers have a better upside in the SB hunt then the Ravens. They never looked good other then a quarter here and there. Steelers started off horrid but finished strong.

  22. Delmas would be a good pick up at the right price. Its great seeing jealous raven trolls. The reality is the ravens were SUPPOSED to finish ahead of the steelers while they were reloading this year. They failed miserably lol. Now their best days are behind them. The steelers will continue to climb the ladder to claim their 7th Lombardi.

  23. Steelers don’t need a safety. Their linebackers can easily cover all the out of shape, slow, stone-handed recvr’s in the afcn. Not to mention the noodle-armed QBs.

  24. Nothing wrong with taking a look at Delmas. Clark is moving on to broadcasting and Polamalu will stay, so no harm in looking. Safety and Corner are the two areas that must be upgraded.

  25. crownofthehelmet says:
    Feb 17, 2014 9:43 PM
    Steelers don’t need a safety. Their linebackers can easily cover all the out of shape, slow, stone-handed recvr’s in the afcn. Not to mention the noodle-armed QBs.
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    Lol. AJ Green and Josh Gordon say hello.

  26. bearshaterseverywhere says: Feb 17, 2014 2:56 PM

    Steelers fans think they are the most important team in the NFL. Little do they know they only have 6 championships and the Packers and Bears have a combined 22 (13 for the Pack and 9 for the Bears) Nice try goofy Steelers fans, but you have a long way to go to be elite and historical like the NFC North teams (excluding the Lions and Vikings, which have 0)
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    Little do you know, but the Lions have 4 and the Vikings have 1 as well.

  27. Is anyone else aware that Troy was one of only 12 players in the league to play every one of his teams snaps? That, while playing linebacker a good chunk of the time. While he has not always been healthy, he has certainly been healthy lately. Considering what his job duties were this last season, he played very well and deserved his trip to the Pro Bowl.

    Delmas also played in every game although he was listed as being on the injury report every week. Some off time will really help him, but he was more durable last year than people might realize. I still doubt he signs with the Steelers, he will probably get a better paying offer somewhere else.

  28. Delmas played in 16 games last season, but his contracted was constructed with a pay-for-play bonus. He had to make sure he could get on the field.

    It’s coming out that he had to have his knee drained every week and played in pain all season. Whether he can even be on the field for all 16 games + the playoffs this year is something that should concern Steeler fans.

    The Lions defense was always better with him on the field. His intensity is infectious. But … he was the leader of a secondary that QBs used to pick apart. He needs a good supporting cast around him.

    And I prefer Mike Tomlin over anyone named Harbaugh.

  29. bearshaterseverywhere: You are counting 8 presuperbowl championships for the bears but yet neglect to count the the 4 the lions have. You want to bust on the steelers fans as pompous but you can’t see past those Chicago bears blinders you have on. Maybe there are bearhaterseverywhere because of fans like you. #potcallingthekettleblack

  30. rushbacker, I would gladly give up a combined 413 yards and 1 garbage time TD for a 3-1 against Ohio every year. Steelers also out scored Ohio 87-58.

    Bengals won 20-10 and lost 30-20
    Browns lost 27-11 and 20-7

    Yards mean squat if points are not scored and your team doesn’t win.
    Gordon 237 yards 1 garbage time TD, lost 27-11, 82 yards 0 TD in 20-7 loss.
    Green 93 yards 0 TD in 30-20 loss, 41 yards 0 TD 20-10 win.

    So tell me who has the last laugh.

  31. Before someone says the Bengals got the last laugh cause they made the playoffs, just remember they got embarrassed at home for a third straight 1 and done. Also, since they made the playoffs they draft at 24, they need secondary help, a WR to go with Green, and a QB who doesn’t buckle on prime time tv.

  32. I want Andy Dalton to get the same extension I clamored for Joe “50/50 Jumpball” Flacco to get last summer. I want them signed and sealed for years to come!!!

  33. SmashMouthFootball says:
    Feb 17, 2014 3:32 PM
    This is like shopping for an Armani suit when all you can afford is a t-shirt from K-mart
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    You said it. We can’t sign anyone right now.

    The Steelers are $10M over the salary cap right now. And the Ravens are $18M under.

  34. sbchampsagain says:
    Feb 17, 2014 2:55 PM
    Good for my Steelers, Delmas was alwats solid and will be a fine replacemnt for Troy. He was getting long in the tooth, anyway.

    Of course, we may need to scour the free agent market even more, as the news of the lost draft pick for Sideline Gate should be coming soon.

    be careful what you wish for, troy is a better safety with his eyes closed. delmas does make you notice him several times a game then dissapears.

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