Lions give up on Chris Houston

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The cornerback position in Detroit continues to be a glaring weakness for the team.  It became even more glaring on Friday, when the Lions gave up on cornerback Chris Houston.

Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the team issued a statement announcing that they have moved on from Houston.

“Chris Houston underwent a significant medical procedure this spring,” the team said.  “Both parties felt that the best course of action at this time was to release Chris and allow him to rehabilitate away from the Club.  The Lions appreciate Chris’ contributions over the years and wish him the best in his recovery.”

The 29-year-old was a second-round draft pick of the Falcons in 2007.  Atlanta traded him to Detroit after three seasons, for a sixth-round and seventh-round selection.

Houston was due to earn $3.5 million in base salary this year.  He’ll still count for $1.3 million against the cap, and the team will absorb a $2.6 million charge in 2015.  Signed to a five-year, $25 million contract in 2013, he walks away with $7.5 million for one season.

2013 second-round pick Darius Slay becomes the No. 1 option in Detroit, for now.  With former Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers suddenly on the market, that may not last long.

29 responses to “Lions give up on Chris Houston

  1. Uh Rashean Mathis is the #1 corner in Detroit.. he outplayed Darius Slay by miles last year… getting up there in age but theres nothing wrong with having an experienced veteran CB for a few years.

  2. Translation: the “significant medical procedure” and/or recovery has not gone well, and the Lions are cutting their losses.

  3. The calvary is not coming, the Lions failed to address their biggest need in the draft (again). Losing Delmas and Houston from an already depleted secondary is catastrophic and the Lions will once again get lit up through the air.

  4. He was terrible last year. Addition by subtraction. The cap hit sucks, but the Lions will be better in the long run. Time for Slay to step up.

  5. I think whatever the, “significant medical procedure,” was, would have been helpful to include in this article.

  6. “The calvary is not coming, the Lions failed to address their biggest need in the draft (again). Losing Delmas and Houston from an already depleted secondary is catastrophic and the Lions will once again get lit up through the air.”

    The….calvary?

  7. On behalf of all Lions fans, thank you, Chris Houston.

    Houston was a solid CB for several years for the Lions. Ups and downs for sure…but what CB doesn’t have ups and downs?

    This will not be catastrophic to the Lions secondary at all. Almost every secondary in the NFL gets burned game after game after game…Not much you can do about it in today’s NFL.

    There are plenty of young guys ready to step up in his place on the team that will perform equally good…which in most fans minds was not “good” at all. What can ya do though? 6 foot 5 speedster with good hands (that you’re not allowed to touch after 5 yards) gets a back shoulder toss. No one on Earth can defend that. Seattle’s key to success is having big guys that can shove a WR off the line.

    Anyways…I’m rambling now…

    Thank you, Chris Houston. Good luck sir!

  8. I would be more worried that your coach has no successful offense with out Peyton. Oh and calvary is a church thing, Cavalry…that is the dirty cav. Scouts out

  9. The Lions do not need Brandon Flowers. He is slow and small. The Lions have plenty of talent on hand.

  10. All those saying the lions screwed up by not drafting a CB realize this move wouldn’t help at all in 2014, right?

    They’ve been stock piling CBs in the draft. They’ll be just fine.

  11. Houston was terrible last year and has had this toe issue on and off since high school. He waited for surgery and now won’t be ready for camp, in a new system….he was on the low end of #1CB in the league and a #2 for most clubs. Not a ball hawk and not a press cover guy…zone guy only.

    5M a year for Meh? No thank you.

    Good move Lions! Let’s see how quickly Slay ( who is a much better fit in this system) develops, and Green/Lawson/Greenwood behind him, as I think Mathis and Bentley (meh also) have the 2 and nickel positions locked down ( IMO it should be Green over Bentley)…plus Vaughn, who knows the system and is fast, but practices like Tarzan, plays like Jane.

  12. hyzers says:
    Jun 13, 2014 3:29 PM
    He was terrible last year. Addition by subtraction. The cap hit sucks, but the Lions will be better in the long run. Time for Slay to step up.

    —-
    Yea you’re right…you know what else was terrible, last year the Lions swept the 2nd and 3rd string defense that the Bears had by a combined margin of a whopping 10 points and then acting like they won the SB….in fact the pathetic Lions couldn’t even win the division let alone finish ahead of the team they swept…..

    2008 0-16 >>>>>>>>>Lions Dream Team Season!

  13. “Yea you’re right…you know what else was terrible, last year the Lions swept the 2nd and 3rd string defense that the Bears had by a combined margin of a whopping 10 points and then acting like they won the SB….in fact the pathetic Lions couldn’t even win the division let alone finish ahead of the team they swept…..”

    What exactly are we proving here…. that the Lions suck? The Bears suck? Everything sucks? I just want to be sure.

  14. Good move lions. Sign him to 25 mill Last year, and cut him before camp. Lol. Better hope for no injuries!

  15. If he’s injured, I don’t think they can just cut him without a settlement. I think he can file a grievance and be placed on IR.

  16. The rest of the NFC North is sadden by this news. If there was anything more dependable than the sun rising in the East, it was Chris Houston playing 5 yards off his WR for a first down when you really needed it.

  17. calvinthegreat81 says:
    Jun 13, 2014 9:18 PM

    Bears fan are super classy

    “calvinthegreat81 says:
    Jun 1, 2014 5:10 PM
    Lol what a joke! The mighty Megatron will snap these kids in 2. Get ready for another sweep this year! Go Lions!”

    Yea, Lions fans are so much more classy…..

  18. Houston is rehabbing a toe injury that prevented him from playing the last 3 or 4 games last year. He hasn’t shown up in Detroit for workouts or rehab and by all accounts this parting of the ways is mutual (i.e. no need to discuss him filing a grievance).

    The real issue is that he’s not a fit for the new defensive scheme. There were concerns that he’d struggle. I don’t think Houston would disagree with those concerns, which is why he got himself released.

  19. At this time Rashean Mathis is the number one corner in Detroit. Slay made a lot of mistakes last year. He could overtake Mathis, but I’m thinking he needs another year.

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