Louis Delmas is the Energizer Bunny.
The Detroit Lions safety brought such energy to the field every time he stepped over the white line. Of course, he didn’t really ever quit moving or talking. And he was loud. If Delmas was in the room, everyone knew it. A true energy force.
With one year remaining on his contract, Delmas was released on Thursday.
He was one of two cuts — the other was veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson. Both had grown to be Lions’ fan favorites.
Delmas, a 2009 second-round draft pick out of Western Michigan, suffered with a bad knee the past two seasons.
He was held out of most of the 2013 training camp and played in just one preseason game. He was on the sidelines at practice every day but the plan was to get him ready to play the first game of the season. It worked.
Delmas was inconsistent on the field. The knee — believed to be tendonitis — prevented him using his full speed. He did have a career-high three interceptions and looked better in some games than others.
He also finished 2013 with 64 tackles, two sacks and eight pass defenses.
Gunther Cunningham was Delmas’ defensive coordinator for the five seasons and the two grew close. Cunningham loved the fire and the passion he saw in Delmas.
He had surgery in August 2012 which forced him to miss the first four games and eight overall that season.
He did play every game in 2013 with 15 starts. It was his first full season.
Delmas hit free agency last spring. He looked at other clubs, but returned to Detroit with a two-year deal. His 2013 contract was incentive-driven according to how many games he was able to play.