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Dolphins sign Louis Delmas

Louis Delmas

Detroit Lions free safety Louis Delmas watches his team warm up before the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Louis Delmas is taking his talents to South Beach.

The Dolphins have signed Delmas, a safety who has played his entire career in Detroit, to a one-year contract. The deal has a maximum value of $3.5 million.

Delmas is an above-average starting safety when he’s healthy, but the problem is that he’s often not healthy. Although he did play in all 16 games last year, he often missed practice time to rest his ailing knees. And he missed 13 games in the two seasons before last.

A 2009 second-round pick of the Lions, Delmas had three interceptions, two sacks and 48 total tackles last season.