Falcons trade Houston to Lions

A trade possibility that NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora followed over the weekend has become official: The Falcons sent CB Chris Houston to the Lions for a sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. The teams also will swap picks in the fifth round.

The Lions have been focused on upgrading at cornerback, and Houston comes with experience, starting 37 games during three seasons with the Falcons. He’s a former second-round pick of the Falcons in 2007.

The Lions certainly have holes to fill. In a surprise to many, they released veteran CB Phillip Buchanon last week after only one season. The other primary starter from last season — William James — is an unrestricted free agent, as is Anthony Henry, who started six games.

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