Panthers sign Chris Houston

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The Panthers will have a new face at cornerback when they start minicamp on Tuesday.

The team announced Monday that they have signed former Lion and Falcon Chris Houston as a free agent. They waived cornerback Jocquel Skinner to make room on the roster for Houston.

Houston was released by the Lions around this time last year amid concerns that he wouldn’t recover well enough from toe surgery to resume his playing career. He sat out the entire season after getting dropped in Detroit, so it’s been a while since anyone’s seen Houston on the field.

When he was last on the field, Houston was a solid player and regular starter for the Lions and Falcons. He has 13 career interceptions and could join Charles Tillman as a veteran presence in the secondary for Carolina if his toe has recovered.

12 responses to “Panthers sign Chris Houston

  1. The Lions are paying him $4M this year to NOT play for them. That’s how you do it boys.

  2. Stupid Lions Fan says:
    Jun 15, 2015 4:08 PM

    The Lions are paying him $4M this year to NOT play for them. That’s how you do it boys.


    If I were a Lions fan, I’d be more upset about paying Suh 10+ million to not play for them.

  3. Houston alternated between being great and terrible in Detroit. The injury was the icing on the cake to decide that it was time to cut ties with him.

  4. I can’t imagine we signed him without doing some research on his medical condition. Not sure if we signed him expecting him to make major contributions or to make sure our young corners don’t get complacent or caught up in their own press clippings (talking to you, Josh Norman). I’m sure Tillman is meant to stick around, contribute and mentor the young safeties.

    If Houston is healthy, I think it’s a solid addition to what should be a much better secondary than what we put on the field the first half of last year.

  5. Lol he was a solid starter because Slay wasn’t ready and we had no one else behind him. Houston is good….as long as the receiver isn’t running a double move or a go route, or a slant route or a dig route or a hitch route or an out route. He did pick off a pass on a comeback route against the Refskins once so there’s that.

  6. With Norman/Benwikere as two of the leauge’s best young corners and and Peanut Tillman on the roster, this guy is going to be our fourth or fifth corner. What a change a year or two makes. The days of the Legion of Whom are over.

  7. Houston is a mid-level corner. He’ll add some veteran leadership and will be a good mentor for your young corners. He’s not great but he isn’t awful. You’ll get some really good plays from him, but you’ll also get plays where you’ll cover both your eyes and shake your head.

    When Houston was with the Lions, our defensive backfield was among the worst in human history. 8th grade Pop Warner teams were scoring through the air against us. But most of the blame for that belongs to Schwartz and Co.

    When Caldwell took over and made Teryl Austin the DC, the defense suddenly became fearsome. Austin is the reason I’m not worried about Suh’s departure.

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