It’s been a quite interesting night for the New England Patriots with different players being linked to them every few minuets. Within the past hour, Boston Herald writer Jeff Howe tweeted that the Patriots are “in” on free-agent corner-back Chris Houston, who spent last year in Detroit. Corner-back 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.
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 untrue
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.
This is definitely interesting as one of the Patriot’s main concerns are in the secondary and picking up another corner and resigning Aqib Talib will be huge for this defense. This somewhat good news that Patriots are definitely looking at a lot of different corners out there, while it won’t mean much until they get a deal done with one of them it is definitely encouraging.