Lions concerned about Louis Delmas, may trade for a safety


With starting safety Louis Delmas seemingly unable to stay healthy, the Lions are looking into improving their depth at the position with a trade.

The Lions are concerned about Delmas, who suffered a knee injury on Sunday, and are looking to acquire a veteran with starting experience, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS.

Most teams probably aren’t willing to trade a starting safety in the middle of the season, but if the Lions are willing to part with a future draft pick there’s probably a player they can acquire who would start for them in Delmas’s absence. The NFL’s trade deadline is Thursday afternoon.

Delmas is the best player in the Lions’ secondary, but he missed the last five games of the 2011 regular season with a knee injury and then missed the first five games of this season when he suffered another knee injury in training camp. Delmas left Sunday’s win over the Seahawks when he hurt his knee once again, and although Lions coach Jim Schwartz described Delmas as day to day, it appears that the Lions believe it will be many days before Delmas can play again.

11 responses to “Lions concerned about Louis Delmas, may trade for a safety

  1. I know everyone is quick to look at Delmas here, but thekiy is right to mention Spievey. That’s both of the starters dinged up right now. Not only has Spievey suffered multiple concussions, his recovery times have been extensive. Coleman and Silva are great depth / special teams players, but I don’t believe either are considered starters.

  2. Wonder if they look at TEN for Babineaux or maybe Robert Johnson? Schwartz would have familiarity and it would seem one of those would be better than a guy off the street.

    They’d also both fit in with the whole not being any good part as well.

  3. Well the first 3 guys that come to mind off the top of my head that I would LOVE the most if we can pull off a blockbuster trade are Eric Berry, Mark Barron, and Harrison Smith.

    So I wouldn’t mind starting with a guy like Cliff Avril since he’s still fairly young and then finding what we can add in from there to lower the draft pick price.

    If not an elite young player like them, then maybe Laron Landry, Reggie Nelson, Donte Whitner, Antrel Rolle, Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle, Jairus Byrd, Michael Griffin, Dashon Goldson, and Rahim Moore just to throw out a top 10 to see if I can get lucky and pick the guy they get if they make a move.

    From the Practice Squad, best bet would be Akwasi Owusu-Ansah on the Raiders just cause he was a somewhat recent high draft pick. If FA then Atogwe is probably the only signable candidate I can think of. Deon Grant would be a real stretch.

  4. Seeing as most GMs in the NFL are actual “strategy experts”, I’m fairly certain that none of them are interested in giving up nearly all of the names you just listed. This isn’t Madden man.

  5. The Detroit papers all echo that the Lions are looking for a Safety.

    I also kinda think Cliff Avril is who they are shopping to get a Safety. Avril’s market value is high this year, and we probably don’t have the cap space for him next year.

    It seems like the Lions had plenty of good DBs during the Wayne Fontes era, but wouldn’t pay anyone enough to stay. We were like the NFL’s farm team for DBs.

  6. Why worry about trading draft picks, the way Mayhew drafts? He’ll just blow them on trading up for running backs, or on receivers anyway.

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