Louis Delmas signs one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins

Gregory Shamus

It appears the Steelers were only doing their due diligence on Delmas.

The first Steelers free agency confirmed target of 2014 is off the board.

Lions free safety Louis Delmas has signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, ending speculation the Steelers may have remained interested in the veteran to replace Ryan Clark in the deep secondary.

Delmas carried with him injury history as well as risk. A fearless player, his one-year deal with Miami indicates there was some concern about his long-term viability with the club.

Many outlets have suggested the Steelers may be digging into free safeties in this year's draft as well. Shamarko Thomas is likely considered the front-runner for the starting position, with Will Allen likely to compete with him for that spot.

The Steelers signed Allen last week, their first pending free agent of the offseason. They've also given extensions to Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller, and reportedly came to an agreement with Ike Taylor for the 2014 season.

The Steelers are around $3 million under the salary cap before Taylor's deal is officially reported.

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