To get ready for free agency, we're going to take a look at each of the Detroit Lions' 2015 free agents. Next up is safety Isa Abdul-Quddus.
16 games (4 starts) | 32 tackles, 2 PD, 1 blocked kick
How he joined the Lions
Claimed off waivers from the New Orleans Saints in February 2014.
Case for re-signing him
Abdul-Quddus was a really valuable backup for the Lions last season. He contributed quite a bit on special teams, and he capably stepped in as a starter at safety when James Ihedigbo missed some time. Having backups who can perform at a high level when they are called upon to start is a great thing, and Abdul-Quddus certainly fits that description.
Case against re-signing him
Given what Abdul-Quddus did when he got a chance to start, I suppose it wouldn't be shocking if another team pursues him with the intent of making him one of their starting safeties. Maybe I'm overrating Abdul-Quddus' performance a bit, but if he fields a bigger offer or has a bigger opportunity to play elsewhere, the Lions might have a tough time retaining him.
The Lions should absolutely try to bring Abdul-Quddus back. If one of their starting safeties were to go down with an injury, I personally would feel quite comfortable with Abdul-Quddus stepping in as a starter. And even as a backup, he's able to contribute on special teams and occasionally play in the Lions' nickel package. Quite simply, he brings a lot to the table despite not being a regular starter.
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