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Carolina Panthers CB Chris Houston makes decision to retire

Jul 31, 2015; Spartanburg, SC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive back Chris Houston (27) catches a pass during drills in training camp held at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 31, 2015; Spartanburg, SC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive back Chris Houston (27) catches a pass during drills in training camp held at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers got some surprising news on Tuesday, as cornerback Chris Houston decided to retire from the NFL, according to Panthers.com. Houston signed a one-year deal with the Panthers this offseason.

As David Newton of ESPN reports, Houston was battling for a backup spot before the decision to hang up his cleats.

Over Houston's seven-year career, he played with the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, totaling 324 tackles, 13 interceptions and four forced fumbles. His reasoning behind choosing to call it a career is still unknown, but the Panthers definitely lost a bit of depth at cornerback with the news.

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