The Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew addressed many things at today’s pre-draft press conference. The subject of contract negotiations with Ndamukong Suh was the first thing that he was asked about. He denied all rumors that the Lions ever considered trading Suh. The Lions firmly believe they will resign Suh to an agreeable extension and keep him as the catalyst for the defensive line for years to come.
During the course of question dodging one thing was revealed though. The concern about Chris Houston’s injury is very real. The Lions and Houston have tried to many kinds of treatment for Houston and yet the problem hasn’t been resolved. Houston was signed to a five year extension after a successful 2012 to be the teams top cornerback. On field and off field issues derailed Houston throughout 2013 and eventually led to his benching.
If Houston does not to return to form the Lions have even bigger issues at their weakest position than they are prepared to deal with. With the draft coming up on Thursday, the Lions and Mayhew may be forced to choose one of the top cornerbacks with their 10th overall selection making Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard their top choice. Houston may be heading towards surgery and at this point, it’s impossible to tell if he were going to be available at all in 2014.
All the guessing, posturing, positioning for the Lions may be for nothing. They may have a choice in how they use their pick.