Lions cornerback Chris Houston looking to free agency

When your football team is 2-10 and you’re left to play out the string, maybe the best thing to focus on is free agency.

That’s what Chris Houston of the Detroit Lions is doing. The cornerback has his eye on the open market with a plan to cash in despite what could be a talented group ahead of him including Champ Bailey and Antonio Cromartie.

Houston said he is “excited” to see what is out there and find out what other teams think of him, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

“I want to explore options," Houston told Birkett. “I would like to be here in Detroit, but I just want to do what's best for me and my family.”

It's refreshing honesty from a player. Typically, guys will offer stock responses about just looking forward to the next game. Give credit to Houston for being candid. What he's thinking about is only natural. The Lions acquired Houston in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons and he’s been steady for the Lions, but let’s not confuse this secondary with one that scares any opposing quarterback.

The Lions have written contract extensions for some newcomers, including quarterback Shaun Hill, guard Rob Sims and tight end Tony Scheffler. They have not approached Houston, who is currently shopping for a new agent.

"He's doing his job,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “Guy's not open, so he doesn't get very many opportunities. But he's had a very consistent year for us, not a whole lot of ups and downs."

Sounds like he’s got a four-game audition left before hitting the open market.

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