Lions bring back CB Chris Houston, sign DT Jason Jones
Chris Houston’s return with the Detroit Lions was inevitable after he led the team with a career-high 11 passes defensed, while tying for team-highs with two interceptions and two forced fumbles as well as posing 56 tackles in 2012. While the Detroit Lions made Chris Houston an offer last week, talks were held up due to a Houston’s transition between agents. Chris Houston said he was thrilled to have a “home” now, to wrap up his NFL career.
“I’m excited that it’s all over. I’ve been through free agency before, and it was crazy that time,” Chris Houston said of his free agency experience during the lockout year. “I’m not one of those guys out there who’s worried about where they’re going to be, so I feel pretty good.”
Chris Houston had arguably his career-best season with the Detroit Lions in 2011, totaling five interceptions, two touchdowns and 54 tackles en route to the playoffs. The 28-year-old Chris Houston was acquired by the Detroit Lions via trade with the Atlanta Falcons in 2010. He’s started all but one game (42 of 43) over the past three seasons with the Detroit Lions. Chris Houston described the Detroit Lions as the “best fit” for him due to his familiarity with the team’s scheme and coaching staff.
Chris Houston also spent three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons who selected him in the second round of the 2007 draft. He became a regular starter for the Atlanta Falcons following his rookie season.
In 87 career games, Chris Houston amassed 332 tackles, 11 interceptions and four forced fumbles.
The Detroit Lions also signed versatile defensive linesman Jason Jones to a three-year deal on Wednesday. Jason Jones played 12 games for the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, mostly remaining a backup defensive tackle, before ending the season in December due to knee injury.
However, Jason Jones could find a greater role in Detroit, with starting defensive end and the Detroit Lions’ sack leader over the past two seasons Cliff Avril expected to make the most of free agency and sign elsewhere. The Detroit Lions also released veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch last month.
The Michigan native Jason Jones initially joined the NFL as a second round pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2008 draft. Jason Jones was a starting defensive tackle with the Tennessee Titans during 2010 and 2011, before signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. The 28-year-old Jason Jones has 18.5 career sacks over five years in the league.