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Lions sign Chris Houston

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Detroit fans wanted the Lions to make a big free agent signing to upgrade the cornerback position this year. Instead, they’ll settle for signing a cornerback they already had.

The Lions have re-signed free agent cornerback Chris Houston, who started 15 games in Detroit last season.

Although Detroit fans had dreams of Nnamdi Asomugha in a Lions uniform, that was never close to happening. The Lions were interested in an upgrade at cornerback, but not interested in breaking the bank to do it.

And so the signing of former Browns cornerback Eric Wright, and now retaining Houston, will likely be the extent of the cornerback signings the Lions make.

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28 Responses to “Lions sign Chris Houston”
  1. redruckus81 says: Jul 31, 2011 4:55 PM

    Good re-signing. They didnt overpay him and he played really well for us last year

  2. joeyd81 says: Jul 31, 2011 5:02 PM

    Good signing.. Lions defense is starting to look legit.. I can see an 8 win season this year.. Can’t wait for this season to get rolling!

  3. romosexualtendencies69 says: Jul 31, 2011 5:05 PM

    Mayhew has really been making some smart moves since be hired.

    Joseph would’ve been nice but Detroit would have to vastly overpay and hope Asomugha landed in Houston.

    Houston is a guy the Bungles should have signed instead of a washed up Clements.

  4. thousandcasts says: Jul 31, 2011 5:07 PM

    “And so the signing of former Browns cornerback Eric Wright, and now retaining Houston, will likely be the extent of the cornerback signings the Lions make.”

    And with the Lions front seven, that’s all the CB signings they need to make.

  5. craggt says: Jul 31, 2011 5:11 PM

    Considering the lions free agent linebacker signings and defensive line I think they can have a top 10 defense with average corners

  6. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jul 31, 2011 5:13 PM

    Yea the Lions are improving that front 7 but that secondary will get severely burned when they go against teams with good O-lines.

  7. kane337 says: Jul 31, 2011 5:15 PM

    Certainly the Lions could have done better than signing Crisp Houston.

  8. truebluelionsfanrob says: Jul 31, 2011 5:15 PM

    So now defense looks like this:
    DE: KVB
    DE: Avril
    DT: Suh
    DT: Fairley
    OLB: Levy
    OLB: Durant
    MLB: Tulloch
    CB: Houston
    CB: Wright
    FS: Delmas
    SS: Speivey/Coleman
    I’d take that defense any day of the week!!!! Good Lord, I can’t wait until the end of the season!!!!

  9. dewalt2990 says: Jul 31, 2011 5:20 PM

    This works for me. He’s gonna step right back in where he left off…..missing pick sixes!!! o well, good to see him back.

  10. woodyg says: Jul 31, 2011 5:20 PM

    Maybe the great Suh or Vandy could drop back in pass coverage …… Teams are already licking their chops knowing that the Lion’s defensive backfield is the same leaky mess this year as it was in 2010 …… ……. Top Ten Defense???? ……. What’s that line ?? ….. When pigs can fly ……..

  11. pbolyard says: Jul 31, 2011 5:41 PM

    Nice signing to keep Houston in Detroit. It’s nice to have a player that knows the scheme and isn’t going to break the bank.

  12. triumphdog says: Jul 31, 2011 5:43 PM

    I wouldn’t say Lions’ fans “Dreamed” of Nnamdi, we knew that wasn’t happening. We did dream though, of Jonathan Joseph & Stephen Tulloch….and half that dream came true. So with the resigning of Houston, I would say the Lions did a great job this off-season. Not to mention getting Eric Wright with an opportunity to resurrect his career. GO LIONS!

  13. joeyd81 says: Jul 31, 2011 5:54 PM

    Top 10 defense is very possible.. With the front 4 that we have in place, QBs won’t have much time at all.. I can tell you that.. Not to mention when we line up against mediocre offensive lines, the opposing QB will be running for his life half time.. We won’t need top end corners to succeed .. I think the lions defense will be just fine

  14. lionthrool says: Jul 31, 2011 6:15 PM

    The only thing leaking will be NFC North QB’s not named Stafford when Suh and Fairley are tackling them by there beanbags………..

  15. thousandcasts says: Jul 31, 2011 6:15 PM

    “Teams are already licking their chops knowing that the Lion’s defensive backfield is the same leaky mess this year as it was in 2010″

    And you don’t think the Lions offense is thinking the same thing about other teams right now?

    Oops, forgot about them huh?

  16. truebluelionsfanrob says: Jul 31, 2011 6:17 PM

    Say what ya want!!! After being a fan of this team for as long as I have, the future is honestly looking better than it has in a looonnnngggg time! All the moves they made we’re really smart short term deals that wont hurt us down the road. Big free agents with injury histories used to get long term deals here & then live up to the injury history, not their contract! It’s a good deal for the players too, because if they do turn out to be the same ol’ lions, then they can jet & not ruin their careers! Yes, we’ve sadly seen it happen here in the D.
    If you’re coming on here to talk crap about ‘em I can’t really blame ya….I’ve been a fan all along & watched ‘em while in the cheap seats & on T.V…..so I get it. But from where I’m sitting I’d say I’d hope to watch the lions against your team!

  17. gamewarrior405 says: Jul 31, 2011 6:25 PM

    There is not a team in the NFL that is licking their chops to play Detroit. Detroit is the Dark Horse. Last year with their “leaky mess”, they won 6 games and lost 6 other games by 5 points or less.

    Bears +4 (CJ No Catch rule)
    Eagles +3 (
    Packers +2
    Jets +3 (OT)
    Bills +2
    Bears +4 (Suh Hit gives 1st and Goal)

    Giants +7

    Oh, and they played these games with a 2nd or 3rd string QB. They added some serious talent again this year in the draft and vets via FA. Watch for the name “Aaron Berry” this year in Lions backfield. The lions weren’t pushovers last year, and no one but an idiot would think they will be easy to beat this year.

  18. paolid says: Jul 31, 2011 6:49 PM

    Re-signing Houston was mandatory. Wright, Houston, and Alfonso Smith should be a solid corner rotation, average at the very least. Tulloch and Durant along with Levy make a strong linebacking corps. I would say above average. And I don’t even have to mention the d-line. A top ten defense is definitely reasonable expectation. The line will cause alot of forced fumbles and bad throws, which should lead to a good # of interceptions. 10 wins easy if Stafford stays healthy. That’s a big IF.

  19. tussman says: Jul 31, 2011 6:51 PM

    All I have to any lions fans who complain about the CB’s is: We were 0 and freaking 16 just 2 years ago! I love what the Leos have done so far, knowing that you can’t have 22 pro-bowlers on one team.

    C’mon Lions fans, chill a bit. At least we’re now a legit NFL team … in 2 years!

  20. Soulman45 says: Jul 31, 2011 6:54 PM

    Soulman45 getting ready to play DB for >>>>>>>>>>
    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS with that D-LINE it will be nothing to do I need a hat.

  21. brianbowman16 says: Jul 31, 2011 6:55 PM

    One must remember grasshoppas, in order to burn back 4, opposing quataback must have time.
    This will NOT be case against Dreaded Lions Deadly 7!

  22. philriverslovespenis says: Jul 31, 2011 7:06 PM

    Lions fans, don’t sweat the trash talkers too much. It’s obvious to non biased outsiders that the Lions are definitely on their way up. Making the right moves, drafting well, and very competitive. I feel the future is very bright in Detroit.

  23. metzgerf says: Jul 31, 2011 7:08 PM

    To everyone who is talking about how the Lions’ secondary is still too weak:

    1) EVERY team could stand to improve their secondary….except maybe the friggin’ Eagles.

    2) The main thing you need to remember is that Levy and Tulloch are both very good in coverage. So even though it doesn’t seem like it, the signing of Stephen Tulloch actually helps Detroit’s pass defense a little, too.

  24. darthhitman says: Jul 31, 2011 7:18 PM

    How many more we need, seriously? Houston, Wright, Smith, Berry and Vasher…I’m beyond confident with that depth with our DLine. You heard it here 1st, Top 5 Run defense, Top 10 Pass defense, Top 10 Total defense…you write that down, tuck it away and break it back out in January

  25. cmastrodonato says: Jul 31, 2011 7:47 PM

    I like what we have done with our LB’s, we should definatley be more physical at that position . I worry about the run with our corners but agree that with our D-line they should be fine in the pass. The key to the Lions being a top ten D is the offense. We have to move the chains buy completing passes, running for tough yardage, and controlling the clock. If we can keep this D fresh the other teams in the NFL better watch out!

  26. marv80 says: Jul 31, 2011 10:10 PM

    Hopefully we can get Avril and Bobby Carpenter signed too

  27. dewalt2990 says: Aug 1, 2011 4:17 PM

    Houston missed so many pick-sixes it wasn’t funny…in-fact, it got frustrating. He’s solid, but he’s never going to be a “spark”.

  28. tlight131 says: Aug 2, 2011 5:05 AM

    Born in 1988 and have been raised on the Lions. I’ve been dreaming of this season since I was a little boy watching Scott Bitchelle.

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