Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Rashean Mathis (31) during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Detroit won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Detroit Lions Re-sign Rashean Mathis

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The Detroit Lions have reportedly retained veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Mathis proved he had something left in the tank last season as he become the Lions’ most dependable cover corner. His +5.8 overall rating from Pro Football Focus was easily the team’s best and was good enough for 27th-highest among all corners who played at least 25% of team snaps.

The Lions would surely love to see one of their young corners step up to pass Rashean Mathis and/or Chris Houston on the depth chart but retaining Mathis gives the Lions the same fall-back plan they had to rely on a season ago. Doing so again would signal trouble, a big reason a cornerback routinely appears as the Lions’ pick in many mock drafts.

Chris Houston needs to bounce back and Darius Slay needs to seize control of a starting spot, but Mathis will be ready just in case.

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