Lions Free Agency 2012: Detroit Re-Signs Jeff Backus

The Detroit Lions have announced on their official blog that the team has re-signed tackle Jeff Backus to a two-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Backus is a 12-year veteran of the team after being drafted in the first round of the 2001 draft. Backus has started 176 consecutive games for the Lions but suffered a torn bicep in the Lions' loss to the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs last season. Backus has already begun rehab on the injury.

Detroit had been rumored to have interest in former San Diego Chargers tackle Marcus McNeill who visited the team earlier this week but left Detroit without a contract. McNeill would have been a nice backup plan for the team had it not been able to come to terms with Backus.

For more on the Detroit Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NFL hub at SBNation.com/NFL.

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