Don't throw out your Louis Delmas jerseys just yet. Delmas was released by the Detroit Lions on Thursday, but there's still a chance that he could be re-signed at a reduced salary. Actually, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the Lions are hoping to re-sign Delmas. However, Delmas is reportedly planning to explore his other options first now that he's a free agent.
This sort of feels like the same situation as last offseason. When Delmas became a free agent, he visited both the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers. In fact, he reportedly had an offer to join the Rams before he ultimately decided to stay in Detroit by re-signing with the Lions.
Delmas' two-year deal with the Lions was filled with incentives, and he did actually play in all 16 games for the first time in his career. However, his production level was not worth the $6 million he was set to be paid this year, so the Lions decided to release him. Based on the PFT report, the Lions would like to bring Delmas back on a more team-friendly deal, but it remains to be seen if he will opt to stick around or join a new team.
The door for Nate Burleson to return on a cheaper deal does not appear to be open right now, by the way. Burleson was also released on Thursday, but the Lions don't have any plans to re-sign him at this point in time.
Burleson said Mayhew told him Lions would be interested in bringing him back later in offseason, but expects to sign w/ another team by then— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) February 13, 2014
Per Kyle Meinke, Burleson said that his agent has already heard from a couple teams, so he may not be out of a job for long.