The Carolina Panthers front office was busy Monday agreeing to a contract extension with outside linebacker Thomas Davis. They also added depth to the cornerback position, signing free agent Chris Houston according to the team’s website.
Houston was drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Falcons but was traded to the Detroit Lions three seasons later. In 2013, he signed a five-year deal worth $25 million with the Lions however was released after that season due to injury. Houston sat out all of last season and will now have a chance to prove that he is healthy with the Panthers.
Houston played in 99 games over seven seasons and has 13 career interceptions, nine of which came in the last three seasons in Detroit.
This move should not come as a huge surprise as Panthers’ GM Dave Gettleman is always looking for a diamond in the rough with veteran cornerbacks. Prior to the 2013 season, the Panthers signed veteran Drayton Florence, who played in 14 games for the organization.
Last year the team signed veteran Antoine Cason, however that move was not as successful. Cason struggled for a majority of the season and was benched and then cut prior to the end of the year.
The team now has veteran leadership at the cornerback position with the addition of Houston, as well Charles Tillman earlier this offseason. If the team can get production from these two, along with last year’s starters Bene Benwikere and Josh Norman, the team should feel good about matching up with any opposing wide receivers.
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