Lions Cut CB Chris Houston
Saturday Jun 14, 2014 12:00am
(ALLEN PARK) - A year ago, the Detroit Lions signed Chris Houston to a $25 million contract, including a $6.5 million signing bonus, to be the team's No. 1 cornerback. Now the Lions have released him. Detroit announced the move Friday, with four years remaining on his deal and $5.2 million of dead money still sitting on the table. All this for a guy who the Lions had counted on to finally solve their cornerback woes when they inked him to the long-term deal. Houston had injury issues in 2013, culminating with a toe injury that never really healed, and ended up with him having surgery earlier this offseason. He was a no-show during OTAs and the team's mandatory minicamp earlier this week. The release, though, did not come with an injury settlement. Houston was set to make $4.8 million against the cap this season, almost four times as much as the next highest-paid cornerback on the Lions against the cap this year. The former second-round pick from Arkansas spent the past four seasons with Detroit after coming over from Atlanta. Last season, he played 12 games and had 44 tackles and two interceptions. In his career, he has played 99 games, made 370 tackles and intercepted 13 passes. With Houston officially out, look for the Lions to start Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis at the two cornerback slots.