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Drayton Florence | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
College: Tuskegee
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Lions released CB Drayton Florence.
Florence lasted 12 days on the roster. He had a strong season in Carolina, but surely benefited from the Panthers' dominant front-seven. Getting released from a Lions team desperate for cornerback help isn't good for the 33-year-old. Aug 19 - 2:30 PM

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Lions signed CB Drayton Florence.

Coming off a surprisingly strong season in Carolina, Florence is a nice piece of veteran depth for the Lions' thin secondary. He spent 2012 in the Motor City, making eight appearances (three starts). Going on 34, Florence isn't a lock to crack the roster, but should receive the benefit of the doubt. He'll help in nickel and dime situations, likely setting in as the No. 4 corner.
Aug 7 - 2:01 PM

In addition to Aaron Ross and Brandon Flowers, the Ravens are showing interest in free agent CB Drayton Florence.

The Ravens want stiffer nickel-back competition for Chykie Brown than Asa Jackson. Florence, 33, is the oldest of the players under consideration for Baltimore, but is coming off the best 2013 season. He made five starts for Carolina's stout pass defense, recording 26 tackles and a pair of interceptions.
Jun 16 - 12:44 PM

Free agent CB Drayton Florence visited the Titans on Tuesday.

It's the first we've heard of Florence since the end of last season. Florence had a nice comeback year in 2013, but was helped along mightily by the Panthers' dominant front seven. Now 33, he'll have to be amenable to a minimum deal.
Jun 3 - 5:15 PM

Free agent LCB Drayton Florence is considered "doubtful" to return to the Panthers.

33-year-old journeyman Florence had something of a renaissance 2013 season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 22 corner among 110 qualifiers. He was obviously helped by Carolina's dominant defensive front seven, though. Florence should generate free-agent interest as an experienced nickel or dime back.
Jan 13 - 3:11 PM

Panthers CB Drayton Florence (groin) did not practice Saturday and is listed as questionable for Week 11.

Florence was held out of practice due to groin soreness, but it's not a major concern. Coach Ron Rivera said that he's confident Florence will be healthy enough to play in Monday night's game against the Patriots.
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 01:18:00 PM

Panthers re-signed CB Drayton Florence.

Carolina is severely banged up in the secondary. Cornerbacks Josh Thomas (concussion), Josh Norman (thigh), and D.J. Moore (knee) all sat out Wednesday's practice, and Moore has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants. Florence spent the entire summer with the Panthers.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 07:14:00 PM

Panthers released CB Drayton Florence.

They'll bite the bullet on Florence's $65K signing bonus and move forward with young corners Josh Norman and Josh Thomas behind Captain Munnerlyn. Florence is 32 now and has little left. It's an obvious sign for his future NFL prospects that Florence couldn't make arguably the NFL's worst secondary.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 09:19:00 AM

The Charlotte Observer considers CB Drayton Florence a "favorite" for a starting job.

This is the same Drayton Florence who was released twice in 2012. He wasn't re-signed by the Lions after missing time with a concussion and forearm injury, and struggling in the 310 snaps he managed to take the field for. Beat writer Joseph Person projects Florence to start opposite Josh Norman, with D.J. Moore and Captain Munnerlyn fighting for snaps in the slot. With only five picks, the Panthers didn't draft a corner. It's not a good situation.
Wed, May 1, 2013 07:00:00 PM

Panthers signed CB Drayton Florence to a one-year contract.

This is the only kind of free agent cap-strapped Carolina can afford. Florence is 32 years old and was released twice last season, first by the Bills and more recently by the Broncos. He finished the season with Detroit, making 19 tackles across eight games. The Panthers are so thin at cornerback that Florence will be in the mix to start. He wouldn't make most other teams' rosters.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 04:30:00 PM

Free agent CB Drayton Florence is heading to Carolina to take a physical.

Florence appeared in just eight games last year due to forearm and concussion issues. Now 32, he's nothing more than a nickel back even when healthy.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 09:26:00 AM

Lions CB Drayton Florence suffered a concussion in Week 11.

It was his first game back after being activated from I.R./designated for return. The Lions play the Texans on Thanksgiving morning, making Florence a long shot to be healthy on a short week. He'll likely target a Week 13 return.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 05:13:00 PM

Lions activated CB Drayton Florence (arm) from injured reserve designated for return.

Florence broke his right forearm in Week 2 against the 49ers. Top corner Chris Houston is listed as questionable on the injury report with an ankle injury, and Detroit needs all of the secondary help they can get. Florence will likely assume nickel duties.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 05:00:00 PM

Lions CB Drayton Florence is expected to be activated off I.R./designated for return in time for Week 11 against the Packers.

Top CB Chris Houston was carted off the field with an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to Minnesota, and Detroit needs all the secondary help it can get. Florence broke his right forearm in Week 2 against San Francisco. The Lions are so banged up in the back end that Florence figures to return as an immediate starter.
Sun, Nov 11, 2012 10:44:00 PM

Lions CB Drayton Florence (forearm), designated for return on injured reserve, expects to practice when eligible next Wednesday.

The Lions can certainly use the depth with CB Jacob Lacey and SS Amari Spievey battling the aftereffects of concussions. Florence is not eligible to return to game action until Nov. 18 against the Packers.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 11:30:00 AM

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