Offseason Move No. 8 - Lions Trade for CB Chris Houston

Posted Jul 5, 2010

The offseason move voted as No. 8 by the fans is the trade for cornerback Chris Houston.

Houston, entering his fourth season, was acquired by Detroit in a trade from Atlanta that sent Detroit’s sixth-round pick in 2010 and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2011 to the Falcons.

“The atmosphere is real good here,” said Houston of his first impressions of Detroit. “Teammates get along with each other; the coaches are excited. It’s a cool and a relaxed atmosphere.”

The Falcons selected Houston in the second round (41st overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He actually trained with wide receiver Calvin Johnson – who was taken by Detroit second overall that year – leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Heading into this season, Houston has three-career interceptions, 34 pass defenses, a forced fumble and two recoveries.

“My strength is my speed,” he said. “That’s one thing I’m always blessed to have and that’s what I try to utilize on the field.”

Other cornerbacks Detroit added were free agents Dante Wesley, an eighth-year player, and Jonathan Wade, a fourth-year player.

Both have made a good impression throughout the offseason program, helping younger players like rookie cornerback Amari Spievey.

“Wesley and Wade – they’re both corners and I’m in between both of them,” said Spievey. “They try to prepare me for all the struggles I’m going to have (as a rookie) and prepare me to not worry about it. Just to keep pushing. They’ve been a lot of help.”