ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Sunday that the Falcons are in negotiations with the Detroit Lions over a trade involving cornerback Chris Houston. Per Schefter, the deal would involve the Falcons receiving a sixth round pick from the Lions, as well as the two teams swapping picks in the fifth round. The Lions pick second in that round, while the Falcons picked 18th. Schefter indicates the deal should be finalized on Monday. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons have confirmed that the Falcons are involved in negotiations.
NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reports that the deal involves a fourth round pick instead of a sick, but also indicates the fifth round swap.
Houston became expendable once the Falcons added cornerback Dunta Robinson on Saturday. Houston had a disappointing 2009 season. Late in the year, he was sidelined with injury, which prompted Brent Grimes and Chris Owens to have strong finishes to the year, overshadowing him. He started 10 games last year, finishing up with 47 tackles and 1 interception. Houston was a second round pick in 2007.