When you’re in a division where covering Brandon Marshall twice a year is a thing along with Jordy Nelson and maybe still Greg Jennings, retaining a guy who’s pretty good at that is a sound strategy. Hashtag analysis.
But sound and wise thinking hasn’t often been the way of the Detroit Lions in March and April, mostly thanks to the ghost of Matt Millen. That’s changed in recent years, a change that just continued with the re-signing of cornerback Chris Houston.
Houston was re-signed to a five-year deal worth $25 million, according to Tim Twentyman of Lions.com.
This should begin a run on cornerbacks, which was absent yesterday during the frantic opening of free agency. Along with the safeties, there’s a deep defensive backfield in this year’s free agent class, and Houston was ranked as the second best available corner by Pro Football Focus.
Here’s what those fancy stat guys said about him:
Last year he was targeted 94 times, allowing 53 catches but for only 11.9 yards per reception. He is a fundamentally sound corner who is rarely beaten badly and will make receivers work for every yard, which given the rest of this class is in and of itself an impressive trait.
Between his time with Detroit and Atlanta over six seasons, Houston has 11 interceptions while defending 71 passes and forcing four fumbles.