Detroit Lions Sign Ebron, Cut Houston

Posted at 9:59 PM, Jun 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-13 21:59:11-04

lionsALLEN PARK, Mich. (June 13, 2014) — The Detroit Lions said hello to one player and goodbye to another.

The Lions signed first round draft pick Eric Ebron to a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season. With the Ebron signing, the Lions now have all of their 2014 draft picks under contract.

“It’s amazing,” said Ebron through the Lions official release on the signing. “All you hard work, everything that you worked for back to playing flag football, it’s just that moment you can’t describe. It’s done. I’m officially a member of an organization, a team and a family. It’s the Detroit Lions.”

However, in order to make the Ebron signing fit within the salary cap, the Lions were forced to terminate the contract of cornerback Chris Houston. Houston, 29, missed all of the Lions offseason activities after undergoing surgery on an injured toe.

Houston joined the Lions in 2010 through a trade with the Atlanta Falcons. In his four seasons with the Lions, Houston recorded 10 interceptions with five of those coming in 2011.

After three productive seasons, Houston was signed to a 5-year, $25 million deal prior to last season. Houston struggled in 2013, however, playing in just 12 games thanks to injuries to his foot and toe.