Source: Eagles have little interest in Louis Delmas

Source: Eagles have little interest in Louis Delmas
February 18, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Released safety Louis Delmas played all 16 games for the Lions last year, but a degenerative knee condition will likely keep him from being an option for the Eagles. (AP)

Despite being desperate for safety help, the Eagles have little interest in recently released free agent free safety Louis Delmas, a league source said Tuesday.

Delmas, twice a Pro Bowl alternate, is able to meet or sign with teams immediately, even though free agency doesn’t begin until March 8, since he was released as opposed to finishing his contract.

The Lions released both Delmas and wide receiver Nate Burleson on Thursday.

The Eagles’ lack of interest in Delmas is likely related to his health. Delmas is just 26 but has a degenerative knee condition that limits his ability to practice and could potentially affect his availability down the line.

It's unknown what sort of contract Delmas is looking for, but as a rule, the Eagles generally do not give guaranteed money to free agents with serious injury concerns.

Delmas did play all 16 games this past season and was on the field for 1,011 of the Lions’ 1,031 defensive snaps, 98.1 percent. He had a career-high three interceptions and nine pass breakups.

But he missed five games in 2011 and eight games in 2012, when he had surgery on both knees. According to the Detroit Free Press, he practiced just once most weeks this past season because of his nagging knee injuries.

Delmas signed a two-year deal last March to stay with the Lions. The deal was worth $7.7157 million, but $5.5 million of that was in the form of 2014 base salary that evaporated when the Lions released him.

The Eagles have only three safeties on the roster – Patrick Chung, who struggled this past year and will likely be released soon; Keelan Johnson, who spent most of the year on the practice squad; and Earl Wolff, a part-time starter as a rookie this past year.

Three others – Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson – are all due to become unrestricted free agents.

Wolff is the only safety currently on the roster who’s a lock to be with the team next year.

General manager Howie Roseman indicated two weeks ago that the Eagles would not go into the draft in a position where they had to draft a safety, which for all intents and purposes means they intend to sign at least one safety in free agency.

But it looks like Delmas isn't on their radar.