The Detroit Lions' best cornerback from 2013 is back for another season. It looked like the Lions might have decided to move on after signing Cassius Vaughn last week, but the Lions agreed to a deal with cornerback Rashean Mathis on Monday morning.
Veteran CB Rashean Mathis, entering his 12th season, is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, where he started 13 games last year.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2014
Mathis, who will turn 34 this August, joined the Lions during training camp last year and quickly emerged as a starter after Darius Slay struggled. Mathis ended up playing in 15 games and making 13 starts for the Lions, and he finished the season with 47 tackles and 15 passes defended. He was by far the Lions' most consistent cornerback, and now he's set to spend another season in Detroit.
By re-signing Mathis, it seems even more unlikely that the Lions will use an early draft pick on a cornerback this year. They now have Mathis, Slay, Chris Houston, Bill Bentley, Jonte Green and Chris Greenwood back from last season, and they added Vaughn last week. There really doesn't seem like room for an early-round cornerback at this point, especially with Mathis back as extra insurance.