The Lions took a break from trying to sign running back Reggie Bush and safety Glover Quin to retain one of their own free agents on Wednesday.
According to both his agent and Tim Twentyman of the Lions website, cornerback Chris Houston has agreed to stay with the team that he’s played for since 2010. Twentyman reports that it is a five-year deal.
Retaining Houston, the 27th-ranked free agent on PFT’s Hot 100, allows the Lions to keep some continuity in a secondary that is going to look much different in the 2013 season. Some would argue that continuity isn’t a good thing given the way the Lions defensive backs played in 2012, but Houston was definitely the best of a disappointing group. Keeping him and adding Quin would be steps toward better results the next time around.
Financial terms haven’t been revealed, but Houston is the first of the top cornerbacks on the market to agree to a new deal. That could lead to more activity around the league as other corners (and their agents) use Houston’s deal to help figure out where their own deals will land.