The euphoria of Detroit's early-market success in free agency masked one glaring shortcoming: Cornerback. None of the Lions' top three cornerbacks from 2009 are under contract after the release of Phillip Buchanon, and it wasn't clear how the team was expecting to replace him or free agents Will James and Anthony Henry.
Those plans began to take shape Sunday night. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions are on the verge of acquiring cornerback Chris Houston from Atlanta, while multiple reports indicate free agent Jonathan Wade will visit the Lions on Monday. Wade played three seasons in St. Louis but was not tendered a contract.
We know the Lions had discussions about acquiring Antonio Cromartie from San Diego, and Schefter reports they also expressed interest in free agent Dunta Robinson, who eventually signed in Atlanta. I would expect the position to be a continuous focal point throughout the season.