ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Detroit defensive back Chris Houston made something very clear regarding his leadership role in the Lions secondary this season:
"I'm going to be the veteran in the room," said Houston, who recorded 56 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles last season.
"Those guys are going to look up to me like Bill Bentley. I text him still and talk to him through text. Jonte Green, those guys look up to me. So, I'm going to have to be more of a leader. But my leadership is more of going out and showing them by that mentality."
Houston, who's deal is reportedly worth $25 million over five years, said he had no interest to join any other NFL team.
"I didn't really want to be with a new coaching staff and the scheme fits my game," said Houston. "Coach Schwartz, coach Gunther Cunningham and coach Rob [Marcus Robertson] now, since Tim Walton is gone, pretty much know my strengths and my weaknesses."
Houston relishes the opportunity to have Reggie Bush, Jason Jones and Glover Quin on his side this season.
"I'm a fan of the game and I've been a fan of Reggie Bush since college since he was burning us when I was at Arkansas," said Houston. "We played him when I was at the Falcons and he was with the New Orleans Saints.
"Glover Quin, he's a good safety. I've heard nothing but good things about him since I'm from Austin, Texas, and he was playing in Houston. He's a good guy. I've heard nothing but great things about him. I watched him on film and he can be a great guy for us back there. The defensive tackle [Jason Jones] I haven't really got to know him on that level, but I'm looking forward to being a teammate of his."
Schwartz joked around at the press conference that Houston hasn't spent any of his signing bonus money on new clothing yet.
"He's flying Detroit Lions colors, he's flying the Tigers colors, but that's the kind of guy Chris Houston is," said Schwartz. "He's a blue-collar player in a blue-collar town. He's a guy that we appreciate very much and we're a better defense when he's been on the field for us."