To get ready for free agency, we're going to take a look at each of the Detroit Lions' 2015 free agents. Next up is cornerback Cassius Vaughn.
13 games (5 starts) | 18 tackles, 5 PD, 2 INT, 1 FR
How he joined the Lions
Signed as a free agent in April 2014.
Case for re-signing him
Quite simply, the Lions need depth at cornerback. Vaughn may have had a pretty inconsistent season in 2014, but let's keep in mind that he was originally supposed to be a backup at the outside cornerback spots. Injuries forced him into the nickelback role, which didn't exactly seem like a great fit for him. If he can return to the outside this year, perhaps he will bring a bit more to the table from a depth standpoint.
Case against re-signing him
The flip side is that your backup cornerbacks need to be able to contribute at multiple spots. Vaughn may not be a good fit for the nickelback role, but that might mean he's simply not a good fit for the Lions. Plus, it's not like Vaughn performed well when he was called into action at right cornerback in the Lions' playoff game. He struggled quite a bit, so it might be best for the Lions to just move on.
The Lions could likely re-sign Vaughn to a minimum deal. In that regard, keeping him around as some extra depth going into training camp might make sense. Maybe he would make the team, but maybe the Lions would end up with some better options by the time the regular season begins.
Then again, why keep a player around who didn't seem to be able to get the job done? If it's just a matter of needing extra depth, there are plenty of other players out there worth a look, and it just feels like the Lions can do better than Vaughn.
Previously: QB Dan Orlovsky, QB Kellen Moore, FB Jed Collins, WR Jeremy Ross, TE Kellen Davis, OT Corey Hilliard, OG Rob Sims, OG Garrett Reynolds, C Dominic Raiola, DE Darryl Tapp, DE George Johnson, DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Nick Fairley, DT C.J. Mosley, DT Andre Fluellen, LB Ashlee Palmer, LB Josh Bynes, CB Rashean Mathis