Allen Park -- LaAdrian Waddle started more games at right tackles than any other Lions player the past three years, but after some struggles in 2015, the team cut him on Tuesday.
"We make the moves all the time that best suit us," coach Jim Caldwell said when asked to explain the transaction. "That was obviously a decision that we made that best suited us at the time. I saw he got picked up right away, which is great. Good young man, and I'm happy for him."
After the Lions waived Waddle, the Patriots claimed him on Wednesday, so he'll join former teammates Michael Williams in the New England offensive line meetings.
Waddle spent most of the offseason recovering from knee surgery, but by Week 4, he was back in the starting lineup. He started six straight games before the Lions replaced him with Michael Ola, and Waddle was inactive in three of his final four games with the Lions.
When the Lions cut Waddle and placed tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee) on injured reserve, they added center Gabe Ikard and tight end Bear Pascoe. Caldwell said Ikard is a smart, versatile player who can also play guard while Pascoe can do some of blocking the Lions need at tight end without Pettigrew.
Meanwhile, Caldwell declined to provide details on why the Lions cut Waddle, who started eight games as an undrafted rookie in 2013 and 10 games in 2014.
"I know one thing, he worked hard and (he's) a fine person," Caldwell said.