Carolina Panthers CB Chris Houston makes decision to retire

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.

(h/t Panthers.com and ESPN)