The Detroit Lions had questions in the secondary heading into this offseason. People complained that they didn't do enough in the Draft and such to address their issues. Well, those folks likely won't be happy about this latest bit of news. The Lions have released cornerback Chris Houston.
Houston was first brought in to be a number one cornerback. He even got a $25 million deal last year. Now, he's gone. However, in truth, this is not a bad thing for Detroit. Last year, by many advanced metrics, Houston was one of the very worst cornerbacks in the league last season. He was a burden to the Lions. He was part of the problem, not the solution. He is also not getting any younger, and he's also been dealing with injuries. Houston hurt his toe last year, and he had to have more surgery this offseason. So, we're dealing with a cornerback who was awful and is hurt. Is that really worth keeping around?
I don't think so. Sure, this leaves some dead money on the cap, but there is still more money available for the Lions now, which is good for a team with a salary cap crunch as they try and restructure Ndamukong Suh's deal. Perhaps not coincidentally, the same day the Lions released Houston, they signed first-round pick Eric Ebron. Of course, Ebron isn't a cornerback, and that's something some people still aren't happy with. Detroit does indeed have questions in the secondary, but Houston was never going to be an answer.