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Miami Dolphins Sign Free Safety Louis Delmas

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The Miami Dolphins have made another move on the eve of free agency, signing former Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas.

Is this finally the answer at free safety the Dolphins have been looking for?
Is this finally the answer at free safety the Dolphins have been looking for?
Gregory Shamus

The Miami Dolphins have made another move just before the free agency period kicks off tomorrow at 4 PM.  The Dolphins have signed Detroit Lions former second round pick Louis Delmas to a one year deal, with a max value of $3.5M.  The Dolphins have been looking to upgrade the free safety position from the the dependable, yet unremarkable Chris Clemons, who will now move into free agency.

The contract is a one year "prove-it" deal due to Delmas' injury history.  But in 65 career games, Delmas has accrued 331 tackles to Clemons' 277 tackles in 72 career games.  More importantly, he has 6 career INTs, to Clemons' 4, which is a sign of why Miami went this direction.  Miami is wanting more dynamic players in the secondary to generate turnovers.  Miami is hoping Delmas can stay healthy and create those turnovers that Clemons couldn't.

Miami was rumored to be in on the Jairus Byrd sweepstakes, but this rules them out.  It leaves them plenty of cap space to improve other areas such as the offensive and defensive lines.  Free agency is just getting started folks, and Miami looks to be a mover and shaker again this year.