The Lions have agreed to two-year contracts with left tackle Jeff Backus and back-up quarterback Shaun Hill, according to league sources.
The terms of the deals were not known.
Backus is entering his 12th season with the team after being drafted in the first round of the 2001 draft. Backus has started 176 consecutive games for the Lions.
Backus tore his right bicep in the Lions’ playoff loss to the Saints last season, but has begun his rehab work at the Lions’ training facility in Allen Park.
The Lions recently hosted former Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill, but he left without a contract.
Hill has been the Lions’ back-up quarterback the last two seasons behind Matthew Stafford.
Hill started 10 games in 2010 for the injured Stafford, throwing for 2,686 yards and 16 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He won three of those games.
Hill recently visited with the St. Louis Rams but left without a contract offer.
We now know why.
The Lions no doubt picked up the pace on Hill after quarterback Drew Stanton left to sign with the Jets.
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