Delmas returns to Detroit, 49ers still in safety market

Delmas returns to Detroit, 49ers still in safety market
March 15, 2013, 12:30 pm
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The safety market got shallower Friday when Louis Delmas agreed to a two-year deal with the Lions. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Safety Louis Delmas, who spent Thursday visiting with the 49ers, will return to the Detroit Lions on a two-year contract, Pro Football Talk reported Friday afternoon.

The 49ers remain in need of a safety after Dashon Goldson, a starter the past four seasons, signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday.

The 49ers also visited with safety Charles Woodson this week. The Green Bay Packers released Woodson in February. The 49ers could also be interested in Ed Reed, the Baltimore Ravens free agent who visited the Houston Texans on Thursday and Friday. Reed left Houston without a contract.

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The 49ers do not want to pay top dollar for a free agent. The 49ers were hoping to get Delmas on a short-term, low-risk deal after he experienced knee problems the past two seasons. Delmas, a second-round pick of the Lions in 2009, played just 19 games the past two seasons.

Delmas underwent surgery to repair a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee in 2011. In August, he had surgery to relieve tendinitis in his left knee.