VIEW FROM THE VOX: Detroit released S LOUIS DELMAS, and pairing him with HARRISON SMITH here would strengthen our secondary and safety pairing. I don't mind JAMARCA SANFORD starting and feel upstart ANDREW SENDEJO made significant progress replacing Smith as the season rolled on, but Delmas is a different breed and may be coveted by many via free agency in a month and change.
I always have respected Delmas' game but recognize him as a much better in-the-box S than of the pass-covering variety. Delmas only has played a full season once in his career (2013) and always seems to be on the injury list. Given the status of Detroit's wobbly secondary it's a mild surprise the Lions released him but (a) maybe they think they can re-sign him or (b) the new staff doesn't want to deal with his contract demands and/or nagging-injury status.
Even though Delmas has produced some decent numbers during his career and has been the best of the lousiest in Detroit's secondary I don't really see him as a fit here with the Vikings. I'd rather spend whatever amount we have (between $20 and $28 million) on a DL and/or CB. Delmas certainly will not break the bank via FA -- not like SD stud ERIC WEDDLE, who received an all-time high for safeties of $19 million guaranteed -- and might be best suited to follow former coach and new DC JIM SCHWARTZ to Buffalo.
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