Backus signed to new six-year contract with Lions
Lions | Backus signed to new six-year contract
Thu, 13 Jul 2006 16:04:45 -0700
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Detroit Lions have signed their franchise player, OT Jeff Backus, to a new six-year contract. The contract is worth neary $40 million and includes about $16 million in bonuses. The deal makes Backus the sixth-highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL. The team was battling a deadline to have him signed by 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 14, or else he would have had the franchise designation to him for the rest of the deal.
That's a whole lot of money. Personally I don't think he deserves being the sixth highest paid olineman in the NFL, but he could improve his play this season with his new contract. I guess this means Joe T. to the Lions is now much less possible.