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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.

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29 Responses to “Lions give up on Chris Houston”
  1. barsfordays says: Jun 13, 2014 3:19 PM

    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. bassplucker says: Jun 13, 2014 3:21 PM

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

  3. 0ffsides says: Jun 13, 2014 3:28 PM

    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. 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.

  5. notthetroll says: Jun 13, 2014 3:35 PM

    CBs getting released today….interesting.

  6. rjov says: Jun 13, 2014 3:35 PM

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

  7. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 13, 2014 3:36 PM

    Flowers time.

  8. rcj22001 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:41 PM

    I was already planning on having a terrible secondary so this really doesn’t effect those thoughts and likely results.

  9. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Jun 13, 2014 3:52 PM

    the medical procedure was finally having surgery in may on the toe injury which caused him to miss the last few games last season

  10. hanspard says: Jun 13, 2014 3:55 PM

    “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?

  11. radiofriendly420 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:17 PM

    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!

  12. snipedanglecelly13 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:26 PM

    Lions are gonna get destroyed through the air, the offense is not gonna make up for the defensive woes

  13. moeman79 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:35 PM

    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

  14. itssocoldinthed says: Jun 13, 2014 4:52 PM

    Next man up

  15. cruzer1996 says: Jun 13, 2014 5:28 PM

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

  16. icebowler says: Jun 13, 2014 5:32 PM

    Maybe Ebron can play both ways.

  17. deafcone says: Jun 13, 2014 6:00 PM

    sounds like Mayhew will be trading for a starting CB soon!

  18. trumb1mj says: Jun 13, 2014 6:15 PM

    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.

  19. weaselpuppy says: Jun 13, 2014 7:23 PM

    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.

  20. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 13, 2014 8:02 PM

    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!

  21. theecowardlylion says: Jun 13, 2014 8:47 PM

    “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.

  22. jaderbear76 says: Jun 13, 2014 8:50 PM

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

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

    Bears fan are super classy

  24. georgeexley says: Jun 13, 2014 10:14 PM

    Sounds to me like the Lions fans are like the Lions management. Confused about their team.

  25. icdogg says: Jun 14, 2014 1:38 AM

    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.

  26. whatjusthapped says: Jun 14, 2014 7:56 AM

    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.

  27. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 14, 2014 1:10 PM

    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…..

  28. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jun 15, 2014 5:36 AM

    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.

  29. twelsh36446 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:23 AM

    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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