The Detroit Lions have trimmed another veteran cornerback from the roster, as they have announced the release of Drayton Florence, who was signed just 12 days ago. Florence spent the 2013 season with the Carolina Panthers and fared out better than expected, meaning that the 33-year-old Tuskegee product didn’t look completely lost in coverage or too slow to play. He should find a job somewhere after notching 26 tackles and a solid nine passes defended in 14 appearances, but the very highest he’d be on a depth chart is the dime corner.
At this moment in time, the Lions have not announced a corresponding move, so we’ll wait and see who replaces Florence on the roster. Many believe that the Lions will add another cornerback, as they would be thin there without Florence, who was expected to be the No. 4 CB. Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis are locked in as the starters, and there are no starting-caliber corners to be found on the market.
Florence is heading into his 12th year in the league, and he missed out on his second stint with the Lions after playing for the team in 2012 and recording seven passes defended. He’s spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, and San Diego Chargers as well, and we’ll see if he’ll add a new team to his long list.