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Lions part ways with Drayton Florence


If the Lions are going to have experienced depth at cornerback on their roster this season, it isn’t going to come from Drayton Florence.

The Lions announced Tuesday that they have released Florence. The move comes 12 days after they signed Florence, who previously spent the 2012 season playing in Detroit.

Florence had a successful year with the Panthers in 2013, but the Lions don’t seem to think that he can replicate that effort for them this season. That they came to that conclusion without a particularly strong group of cornerbacks is not a great sign for the 33-year-old’s future in the NFL, although there are always injuries opening up opportunities at the position around the league.

Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis are slated to start at corner in Detroit with Bill Bentley, Nevin Lawson, Cassius Vaughn and Jonte Green among those vying for roles in sub packages.

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18 Responses to “Lions part ways with Drayton Florence”
  1. mazenblue says: Aug 19, 2014 2:48 PM

    So uhh, umm you want me to tryout at CB???

  2. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 19, 2014 2:57 PM

    Worst secondary in the NFCN. Lions will finish in their usual 3rd place or below. Last 15 years, 2 seasons above .500, good luck with your new system, Reggie leading the league in fumbles and Rookie big mouth dropping everything….

  3. shaggytoodle says: Aug 19, 2014 2:58 PM

    The Lions better hope all the top picks on the DL pay off, because if that secondary has to cover for more than 2.5 seconds they are going to be in trouble.

  4. ariani1985 says: Aug 19, 2014 2:59 PM

    Come join the circus in green Bay Drayton

  5. angrylionsfan says: Aug 19, 2014 3:04 PM

    Easy come easy go. Is it time to kick the tires on Asante Samuel yet Mayhew? He’s not any younger but he has been a great corner in the back. Question is how much gas is left in the tank….

  6. burds358 says: Aug 19, 2014 3:10 PM

    Ravens will sign him. If there’s any team that needs CB help, its them.

  7. metrocritical says: Aug 19, 2014 3:18 PM

    D. Florence probably doesn’t have anything left in the tank but history suggests that M. Mayhew couldn’t find a good cb if he were standing in a room with just Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson.

  8. laxcoach37 says: Aug 19, 2014 3:27 PM

    Plenty of teams need help in the secondary. Drayton may not be as good a cover corner as he was when younger, but experience will get him hired for Nickel or Zone scheme on a 1 year deal.

  9. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 19, 2014 3:33 PM

    This guy would be an immediate upgrade at QB, RB, WR, TE, Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Linebacker, Defensive Back, kicker, punter, HC, or GM for the Vikings.

  10. whatjusthapped says: Aug 19, 2014 3:34 PM

    Surprising, for as bad as the Lion’s secondary is, only the Vikings have it worse as evidenced by the 5 or 6 games they gave up after leading up to the 58 minute mark. The Lions should be at least given credit for recognizing when a player no longer has it, the Vikings call those players, starters.

  11. sportstalkprofessional says: Aug 19, 2014 3:34 PM

    Dallas needs CBs! Oh, who am I kidding?Dallas needs a lot of things!

  12. demolition510 says: Aug 19, 2014 3:37 PM

    Raiders need to bring him in. T Brown is trash

  13. bigbosscrispy says: Aug 19, 2014 3:42 PM

    He will be a jet within 49 hours

  14. isphet71 says: Aug 19, 2014 3:47 PM

    The Lions will probably have the least penalized secondary in the league, mostly because they are rarely within 5 yards of a receiver.

    A good secondary matters less and less when they aren’t allowed to be within 5 yards of a guy and actually play defense without getting penalized.

    Pretty soon the NFL is going to switch to an 11 vs. 7 format. They are already well on their way.

  15. deafcone says: Aug 19, 2014 3:52 PM

    IMO Houston will be back in Detroit before their bye.

  16. lnfinite says: Aug 19, 2014 3:58 PM

    A nobody was cut by the Lions today, no big deal.

  17. foofooface says: Aug 19, 2014 4:09 PM

    um, as much as it is a weakness for the Lions, they were actually the best secondary in the North last season

  18. purpleguy says: Aug 19, 2014 5:15 PM

    This guy was pretty good last year for the Panthers — wonder what the deal is?

    And it is encouraging to see the Vikings are even in the minds of Packer fans on Lions’ posts — thanks for the attention.

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