New England's LeGarrette Blount carries the ball as Isa Abdul-Quddus, then with New Orleans, is in pursuit in an October game. (Elsa / Getty Images)
The Lions claimed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus off waivers Monday.
The New Orleans Saints waived Abdul-Quddus on Jan. 7 after he spent three seasons as a reserve defensive back and special teams contributor.
He started one game as an undrafted rookie (Fordham) in 2011, three in 2012 and none last season, but had 74 tackles, nine passes defensed and two interceptions in his limited role.
Abdul-Quddus (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) is the first of a number of defensive backs the Lions will sign this offseason to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster in 2014.