The Detroit Lions have cut cornerback Chris Houston, terminating his contract to create salary-cap space to sign first-round tight end Eric Ebron.
Houston signed a five-year, $25 million contract last year.
A total of $2 million of his $3.5 million base salary for this year was guaranteed for injury.
Houston is coming off offseason toe surgery.
"Chris Houston underwent a significant medical procedure this spring,” the Lions said in a statement. “Both parties felt that the best course of action at this time is to release Chris and allow him to rehabilitate his injury away from the Club. The Lions appreciate Chris' contributions over the years and wish him the best in his recovery.”
Houston has started the past four seasons. He had 44 tackles and two interceptions last season when he missed four games and struggled on the field.
Houston, 29, was due remaining base salaries of $3.5 million, $4.5 million, $4.5 million and $6.3 million.
The Lions will go with Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis as the starters.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun