Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas (26) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions release safety Louis Delmas

In a continuing effort to create cap space, the Detroit Lions have released safety Louis Delmas just shortly after letting WR Nate Burleson go. The Lions save $6 million in 2014 salary by cutting Delmas, per Mike Florio of NBC Sports. 

A 2009 second round pick, Delmas played 2013 on a new, two-year contract and had his best season yet. Delmas was the Lions best player in the secondary this season, albeit for a defensive back unit that was weak against the pass and allowed many blown leads last season.

Delmas’s release could be an even further indicator that the Lions intend to draft a DB with the 10th pick in the draft. Originally, I thought a corner such as Justin Gilbert would be the guy, but now it appears that Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is in play.

The two biggest reasons the Lions are near the cap limit are two of the biggest names on the roster. Last summer, Matthew Stafford signed a $76.5 million extension, making him one of the highest paid QBs in the league. Also, Ndamukong Suh, who was drafted in the final season before the new CBA, has a $22 million cap hit in 2014.

As for Delmas, he’ll find a home in 2014, and probably get a multi-year deal. The most intriguing destination for him is Buffalo, whose new defensive coordinator is axed Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.

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  • Paul Kawalerski

    Coming to Buffalo would make great sense, especially if the contract negotiations are going nowhere. And with Byrd’s manager having a reputation for being an A-Hole, it is unlikely they are going to accept anything but the top salary in the league. And quite frankly, If we could land Delmas, I would be happy to see Byrd walk; given last year’s holdout and “Injury” for the first 5 games. Jairus is great player, but I don’t believe he is the best safety in the league. But, I’m sure someone will pay him like he is. Delmas’ connection with Schwartz would add to intrigue. Plus, we would probably save some cap space. It’s a win-win. And besides that, Delmas just looks Bad Ass.