The Carolina Panthers bolstered their cornerback depth Monday when they signed veteran cornerback Chris Houston to a one-year deal.
Houston is entering his ninth season with his third team. Drafted in 2007 by the Falcons, Houston has 91 career starts with Atlanta and Detroit. He has 13 career interceptions with three returned for touchdowns.
The signing represents another veteran defensive back for general manager Dave Gettleman. Two years ago he added cornerback Drayton Florence and last year he signed safety Thomas DeCoud, who’s no longer with the team.
Josh Norman and Charles Tillman will be the starting cornerbacks at training camp next month, with Houston competing with Melvin White for primary backup duties. Second-year player Bené Benwikere figures to be the starting nickel with Colin Jones as his primary backup.
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In a corresponding move, Carolina waived cornerback Jocquel Skinner, who joined the team two weeks ago but suffered a hamstring injury early and hardly practiced with the team.