Detroit Lions tackle Jeff Backus has officially announced his retirement after 12 NFL seasons.
Backus was a first-round selection by Detroit in 2001 out of the University of Michigan by former General Manager Matt Millen. He set a franchise record with 187 consecutive starts, a streak that finally ended last season on Thanksgiving Day against the Houston Texans.
Backus may have not been the best or worst Tackle in the NFL but he was solid. The Lions could always expect Backus to start because he was a very determined guy and a warrior. He will be missed by the Lions. However they did draft a Tackle in Riley Reiff last season and will likely do the same thing this years draft.
Backus had one year remaining on his contract. This also will open up more cap room for the Lions to keep adding to their team defense. They need all the help they can get!