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Lions sign standout OT Backus to six-year contract

Updated: July 13, 2006, 7:21 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Battling against a Friday 4 p.m. ET deadline, the Detroit Lions have signed standout offensive tackle Jeff Backus to a new six-year contract, ESPN.com has learned.

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The contract, negotiated by agent Pat Dye Jr., is worth nearly $40 million and includes about $16 million in bonuses. The deal makes Backus -- who had been designated a franchise player at the outset of the free agency period -- the sixth-highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL. He also becomes the ...

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