Detroit Lions keep cornerback Chris Houston with a five-year deal

Brian McIntyre
March 13, 2013

The Detroit Lions have kept one of their own, agreeing to terms on a five-year contract with unrestricted free agent cornerback Chris Houston, Tim Twentyman of reports.

Financial details have not been released.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Houston is flying into Detroit and will sign the contract tonight or tomorrow.

"I’m excited that it’s all over. I’ve been through free agency before and it was crazy that time and it was crazy this time also," Houston told Birkett. "I’m just happy that I have a home, a place to go and finish out my career."

Retaining Houston was important as the Lions would have been very young at the cornerback position had they let him walk in free agency. Ron Bartell was the only veteran corner on the roster, with Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green, three mid-to-late round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Originally selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, Houston was traded to the Lions in March of 2010. In 42 of 43 games in Detroit, Houston has 166 tackles, eight interceptions and 37 passes defensed. Houston had a pair of interceptions in 2012, the second and final season of a two-year, $6 million contract Houston signed following the 2011 lockout.

In six NFL seasons, Houston has 11 interceptions and 71 passes defensed.