Teryl Austin, the Detroit Lions’ new defensive coordinator, said shortly after taking the job that a NFL team can never have enough cornerbacks.
The Lions added another one to the mix Monday for Austin after agreeing on a one-year deal with Cassius Vaughn, who played the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
Vaughn, 26, will compete for a role in the secondary with the Lions’ recent draft picks such as Darius Slay, Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green.
More than likely, the addition of Vaughn means the Lions won’t bring back veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis, an unrestricted free agent who started 12 games for Detroit last season.
Vaughn (5-foot-11, 199 pounds) went undrafted coming out of the University of Mississippi in 2010. He spent his first two seasons with the Denver Broncos and the last two with the Colts.
Vaughn played in all 32 regular-season games the last two years, including making a total of 15 starts. He made three interceptions and 30 combined tackles last season, along with one forced fumble and six passes defended.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh reportedly did not take part Monday in the first day of the Lions’ voluntary off-season workout program.