When cornerback Chris Houston inked a 5-year, $25 million contract with the Detroit Lions prior to the 2013 NFL season, it appeared as if the Arkansas Razorback was certainly in the long-term plans for the organization. However, the team decided on Friday that it was time to part ways with Houston.
Lions announced today that they have released CB Chris Houston.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2014
Here is a snippet from the team’s official release on the move:
“Chris Houston underwent a significant medical procedure this spring. Both parties felt that the best course of action at this time is to release Chris and allow him to rehabilitate his injury away from the Club. The Lions appreciate Chris’ contributions over the years and wish him the best in his recovery.”
It appears as if Detroit and Houston have agreed on an injury settlement, and it will be interesting to see where the seven-year veteran will land. The 29-year-old Houston was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 41st overall pick in the 2007 draft, and he has had an up and down career despite largely maintaining his status as a starter with both organizations.
In 2013, Houston produced 44 tackles and two interceptions in just 12 games of action, but with nearly $19 million remaining on his contract in base salary, it is easy to see why the Lions would have been skeptical if Houston was less than 100% healthy. Detroit could theoretically be on the market for cornerback help at this stage, and the Lions should be monitored as a team with interest in certain veteran free agents.