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Louis Delmas, Detroit Lions agree to two-year contract

With the San Francisco 49ers reportedly turning their attention to veteran Charles Woodson, safety Louis Delmas is returning home.

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The Lions have agreed to a two-year contract with Delmas, a source told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Friday. ProFootballTalk first reported the deal.

Delmas visited the 49ers on Wednesday but left without a deal. He's been a full-time starter since he was drafted by the Lions in 2009, and fills what would have been a gaping hole in the Lions' secondary had he wound up somewhere else.

A false report Thursday indicated Delmas and the 49ers had struck an agreement, but that was not the case. He will be welcomed back in Detroit where -- despite concerns over his durability -- Delmas has been a force of nature in the secondary when healthy.

Delmas has played in only 19 games since the start of 2011 after reliably starting in 30 over his first two seasons. Knee and groin issues have kept him out of the lineup and likely prevented the Lions from handing out more than a two-year contract.

With the signing of Glover Quin, the Lions march into this season with a better duo at safety than they had a season ago -- provided Delmas can stay on his feet.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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