The Falcons confirmed Monday evening that cornerback Chris Houston has been traded to the Detroit Lions for a sixth-round selection. The teams will also swap picks in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Atlanta now has six picks in the Draft — a first, third, fourth, fifth and two sixths. The team traded its second-round pick to Kansas City last year for Tony Gonzalez and lost a seventh-round pick before the start of 2009 to St. Louis in exchange for cornerback Tye Hill.
The exact number of the picks will be determined later this month after the league awards compensatory draft picks. Those are given annually based on free agent acquisitions and losses from the previous year.
Houston started 37 games in three seasons with the Falcons including 14 in 2009. He missed the last four games with a hamstring injury and was placed on injured reserve in Week 17. A second-round pick out of Arkansas in the 2007 NFL Draft, Houston started 11 games as a rookie. He leaves Atlanta with three career interceptions, 161 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 34 passes defensed.
The move comes on the same day the team introduced free agent acquisition Dunta Robinson — a cornerback that played the first six years of his career in Houston covering, primarily, opponents’ No. 1 receiver.