NFL free agency is about to begin and the Detroit Lions were handed some bad news. Key free agent cornerback Chris Houston has switched representation and has a new sports agent. This move could be seen as a good move, if his old agent turned down a Lions deal. Most likely, the switch is a move by Houston to better test the free agency market.
We are proud to welcome Chris Houston @chris23houston to the Schwartz & Feinsod family!
— Schwartz& Feinsod (@schwartzfeinsod) March 10, 2013
Houston has hired Schwartz and Feinsod as his new sports agency. This firm represents current NFL players Darrelle Revis, Vincent Jackson, Roddy White and others. All three of these players recently got huge deals with the help of their firm. This is bad news for the Lions. Here are the three recent deals:
- Revis: 4 years $46 million
- Jackson: 5 years $55.6 million (actually the clever amount of $55,555,555)
- White: 6 years $42.7 million
Back in 2009, Houston switched from Eugene Parker to Todd France of FAAM. This switch led to the signing by the Lions for a three year deal. In three seasons with the Lions, Houston has been a great cornerback. Houston played in 43 games with 8 interceptions, including an amazing five returned for 225 yards and two touchdowns in 2011. Last season, Houston had two interceptions, two forced fumbles, 11 pass deflections and 56 tackles.
Houston finished a three year deal that paid him a base salary of $3.0 million. The total salary cap hit for the Lions was $4.6 million. With around $6 million in salary cap room, the Lions will be looking to re-sign Houston for less than $3 million or will look at other free agents or the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Lions have a chance to make a splash in free agency with a couple of signings. However, the team should be paying attention to several of its own players like Houston.