One of the places Detroit needs to make the most improvement is in its secondary, and on Monday the Lions decided to add another man to their roster.
The team claimed defensive back Isa Abdul-Quddus off waivers from New Orleans, where he was released on Jan. 7 after being set to become a restricted free agent following the season.
Abdul-Quddus was primarily a special teams player for New Orleans but made four starts at free safety in his three years with the Saints. He made the team after going undrafted in 2011 out of Fordham.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder played in 42 games for New Orleans and had 74 tackles, nine passes defended and two interceptions.
Detroit has one safety as an unrestricted free agent, John Wendling. It returns five other safeties under contract from last season: Glover Quin, Louis Delmas, Don Carey, DeJon Gomes and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.
Owusu-Ansah is an exclusive rights free agent. Carey signed an extension in December. Quin and Delmas were the starters last season, but Delmas is due to make $6,500,000 against the salary cap next season.