The Lions signed safety Louis Delmas back with a two-year, $9.45 million deal. The deal is believed to be laden with incentives, taking into account Delmas' two knee surgeries the last two seasons.

"We certainly are on top of where he is physically and with his rehab," general manager Martin Mayhew said. "That's one of the reasons we brought him in. We've been constantly monitoring that situation with his knee and we will certainly continue to work on his rehab."

Mayhew was asked if Delmas would be on a restricted practice plan throughout the year.

"It's early in the process," he said. "We are going to continue to try and rehab it. In an ideal world he's 100 percent, full go, like everyone. But if he needs that, we're open to managing him."

Backus plan

Mayhew seemed taken aback when he was asked if veteran left tackle Jeff Backus was given his choice of retiring or being cut.

"We were talking to Jeff about what he wanted to do," Mayhew said. "We were engaged in discussions with him throughout the entire process about what his plan was, and that's what he decided to do."

Backus had been spending time at the practice facility before he issued his retirement statement last week.

"That's a very personal decision," he said. "I can just tell you guys, Jeff is one of the classiest, hardest working, most professional people I've ever come across in life, not just the NFL. I have great respect for what he's done within our organization over the years.

"That's a very personal decision, and I wanted him to be able to do it how he wanted to do it, when he wanted to do it. I just think the world of what he's done for us as an organization."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130318/SPORTS0101/303180448#ixzz2Nzu9ragG