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Where the Lions roster stands: Safety

A breakdown of the Detroit Lions' safeties and what needs they may have at the position.

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As a precursor to free agency and the NFL Draft, we are going to take a look at each position on the Detroit Lions roster. We continue the series with a look at the Lions' safeties.

Under contract: Glover Quin (2017), James Ihedigbo (2015), Don Carey (2016), Nate Ness (2015)

Free agents: Isa Abdul-Quddus (UFA)

Glover Quin will likely go down as one of the better free-agent signings in recent memory. The Lions got him for an average of $4.7 million a year back in 2013, and he made his first career Pro Bowl in 2014 after leading the league in interceptions. He's outstanding in coverage, is a great fit in the Lions' new defensive scheme and played a big role in the defense's dominance last season.

The Lions' other starting safety, James Ihedigbo, had a bit of an up and down season in 2014. He actually missed the first three games because of an injury, and later in the year he was benched due to his inconsistent play. In between, however, Ihedigbo made a lot of positive contributions, and he was seemingly good for a sack, forced fumble, interception or some other kind of impact play at least once a week.

The other safeties currently under contract are Don Carey and Nate Ness. Carey has been a versatile defensive back for the Lions for a few years now, and he's also a contributor on special teams. Ness, meanwhile, spent most of last season on the practice squad.

The Lions' lone free agent at this position is Isa Abdul-Quddus, who did an outstanding job in Ihedigbo's place at the start of 2014. I'm sure the Lions will look to bring Abdul-Quddus back as their top backup at safety in 2015.

Need going forward?

If the Lions re-sign Abdul-Quddus, they will have pretty good depth at this position. I can't imagine they will make a run at any notable free-agent safeties even if they lose Abdul-Quddus, but it wouldn't shock me if they take a safety if a top one falls to them early in the draft. I say that because Ihedigbo is 31 and is entering the final year of his contract, and, as mentioned, he was benched at one point last season. I don't think the Lions are going to actively look to upgrade at strong safety, but that could be a consideration if the right scenario plays out in the draft.

Previously: Quarterback, running back, fullback, wide receiver, tight end, offensive tackle, offensive guard, center, defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, cornerback

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