• Height: 5'11" - Weight: 197 lbs
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 33rd overall in 2009 NFL Draft
  • 2013 Statistical Snapshot (16 games started): 3 INT, 2.0 sacks, 49 tackles

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.

Harrison Smith is a better all-around player than Louis Delmas and should be with this team for quite sometime. He'll be due a big pay raise after the 2015 season and into the new stadium. Given the way MIKE ZIMMER operates with his safeties we may be in need of a new one next to Harrison, but I do not feel Delmas is the answer. Zimmer was super creative with his safeties while in Cincinnati and blitzed them from the edge a bunch. Smith seems capable of being that guy and as mentioned/written I feel will be a stone-cold stud working under Zimmer's leadership.

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