It's hard to go five minutes tonight without a new player being linked to the Patriots. Within the past hour, Boston Herald writer Jeff Howe tweeted that the Patriots are "in" on free-agent cornerback Chris Houston, who spent last year in Detroit. Cornerback was a consistent problem last year (one that was to an extent remedied by Aqib Talib) and has been a clear priority for them throughout the off-season. Chris Houston is one of many names linked to the Patriots over the past few weeks.
On cornerbacks: Patriots are in on Chris Houston. Derek Cox is scheduling visits, but nothing with Pats at the moment. They called Saturday.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 12, 2013
It was reported yesterday that Houston planned to test the market in an attempt to maximize his value after being offered a contract by the Lions. Many thought Detroit added depth at the position today by acquiring DeAngelo Hall, but this report turned out to be false.
Houston is 5'11", 180 pounds, and was drafted 41st overall by Atlanta in 2007 after a solid collegiate career at Arkansas. He was traded to the Lions in 2010 for a pair of late round picks. Last season with Detroit, he racked up 65 tackles, 11 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions in 14 games player. He had the best season of his career in 2011 with the Lions, recording 54 tackles along with 14 passes defensed, five interceptions, and two touchdowns. For his entire career (six seasons, 87 games), Houston has amassed 286 tackles, 71 passes defenses, 11 interceptions, and 3 touchdowns.
|Houston with the Lions in 2012|
Overall, Houston has had a pretty solid career, and it seems the Lions want him back, so he could be a steal for the Patriots. His physicality and tackling ability could be a good fit for the Patriots secondary, and perhaps a nice defensive pairing with Aqib Talib should he return next year, especially if Alfonzo Dennard finds himself locked up.
Chris Houston- yet another player apparently on the Patriot's radar. Stay tuned.