The Detroit Lions continue to prepare for life without Jeff Backus, if they are indeed forced to consider life without the 34-year old offensive tackle. On Friday, the Lions had free agent tackle Marcus McNeill in for a visit as a potential backup plan. McNeill told the Detroit Free Press that he would love to be a Lion, but that all depends on whether or not Backus returns.
Of course, they have Jeff Backus, and he's been a great pro for many years for them here. Of course I have issues, and it is a business here, so if they're going to part ways, I would love to come play left tackle for Detroit. But it is a business, so you have to wait for them to make decisions first, and I'm pretty sure they have a lot more commitments and time put in already with Jeff, so he'll probably be their first priority.
Detroit is still in negotiations with Backus, who is recovering from a torn biceps.