The Lions were awarded defensive back DeQuan Menzie on waivers from Kansas City on Wednesday. The move was disclosed in the NFL’s transactions.
The 23-year-old Menzie was a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in the 2012 draft. He spent last season on injured reserve with a hip flexor injury.
Menzie (5-11, 202) may have the ability to play multiple positions. He was a cornerback at Alabama, and the Chiefs tried him at safety. Menzie also played nickelback for the Crimson Tide.
The Lions have addressed their defensive backfield throughout the offseason. They signed safety Glover Quin and veteran cornerback Ronald Bartell in free agency, and they drafted cornerback Darius Slay in the second round. Also, the Lions re-signed cornerback Chris Houston and safety Louis Delmas. The Lions struggled with injuries in the secondary a season ago, so it is logical they would continue to add to their options on the back end of the defense.