Detroit Lions Showing Interest in CB Antoine Cason

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason (20) bats away a pass intended for Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers. (83) during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions have uncertainty at the cornerback position with Chris Houston’s impending free agency. One of the ways they are apparently dealing with that situation is talking with the agent of Antoine Cason

The San Diego Chargers made Cason their first round pick (27th overall) in 2008 but they now risk losing him in free agency.

While it is nice to hear the Lions are being active in the cornerback market, they could have picked a better candidate. According to the Pro Football Focus rating system, Cason ranked 108th out of 113 cornerbacks that played at least 25% of his team’s defensive snaps. He routinely graded out negatively on a game-by-game basis throughout the season.

That is not to say that Cason can’t get the job done. He received an overall positive grade from Pro Football Focus in 2010 when he ranked as the league’s 11th best.

At 6-0 and 190 pounds while running a 4.45 second 40-yard dash, he seems to be a fit physically for what the Lions are looking to put in their secondary.

It remains to be seen what kind of interest level is really there. It is entirely possible the Lions are simply investigating contingencies should they not be able to retain Chris Houston.

Topics: Antoine Cason, Detroit Lions, Free Agency

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