Detroit Lions Re-Signing Jeff Backus Is A Mistake

By Greg Bolotin

Detroit Lions re-signing of Jeff Backus was the wrong move. The Detroit Lions need to upgrade their aging offensive line. Instead they brought back Jeff Backus, who will turn 35 right after the season begins, for two years at a reportedly 10 million dollars.

Jeff Backus has been a great offensive tackle for the Detroit Lions. He has been a sight of stability and started all 177 games since he was drafted by the Lions in 2001. However, he is getting up there in age and is not able to block the pass or the run the way he did when he was younger.

The Detroit Lions did not improve their offensive line by re-signing Jeff Backus, they stood pat. If the Detroit Lions want to have any kind of rushing game they will need to do more to improve their offensive line. They will need to draft an offensive linemen in the higher rounds of the 2012 draft that can push defensive linemen back and create holes for the Lions running game.

The Lions will also need to bring in an offensive tackle through free agency. Jeff Backus is not a young man, he is not the player he once was, and the Lions need to add depth to their offensive line in case he or someone misses any games.

The Detroit Lions just restructured contracts of some of their star players. They just signed Calvin Johnson to a NFL record contract for a wide receiver. The Lions did this so their team salary would be under the new NFL salary cap. This was supposed to mean they would have some salary flexibility to make moves to improve the team.

Re-signing Jeff Backus was the wrong move when everyone knows the Lions need to improve their offensive line. Jeff Backus who’s health and age may not let him be able to fulfill the contract he just signed.

The Detroit Lions proved they are loyal to their players that have played for them for a long time such as Jeff Backus and Dominic Raiola.  But, they need to improve their offensive line to do more to protect their franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford and boost their running attack. Re-signing Jeff Backus does not accomplish that. It leaves questions and more work for the Lions to do in the offseason to make sure the Detroit Lions continue to improve going into the 2012 season.

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