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Friday, May 19, 2006

How badly does Jeff Backus want out of Detroit?

Question of the Day #1:

Earlier this week, offensive tackle Jeff Backus ended his long negotiating nightmare - for now - by signing a one-year contract with the Lions.

And here's one big caveat with the deal: The Lions cannot name Backus their franchise player next year, guaranteeing he'll be an unrestricted free agent who can sign with any other team.

Here's the first thought I had when I heard the news on the radio: How much does he want to get the hell out of here?

According to reports, the Lions wanted to sign Backus to a long-term deal. Yet Matt Millen and Tom Lewand took weeks to enter negotiations with him and his agent. Meanwhile, I think it's safe to say Backus wanted to test the open market and see how the other side lives in the NFL.

So what's the real situation here? Did the Lions buy themselves more time to work out a longer contract with Backus? Or did Backus decide to bite down, collect $7 million, and serve out a one-year sentence with the team?

I'm thinking the coaching staff and front office has one year to make a good impression.


  • At May 21, 2006 8:24 PM, Blogger Greg Eno said…

    Backus is durable; he's started every game since he's been here, but in six seasons he hasn't come close to sniffing a Pro Bowl, and as much as I have a problem with Pro Bowl voting, that's still an indictment.

    The truth is, he shows up for work, but he isn't all that good. He's average.


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