5 Options the Detroit Lions Have to Replace Jeff Backus at Left Tackle

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5 Options the Detroit Lions Have to Replace Jeff Backus at Left Tackle
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The Detroit Lions made strides to improve their running game and secondary this offseason, but now a new hole has opened up that may be difficult to fill.

Left tackle Jeff Backus, who started every game but one over his 12-year career with the Lions, announced his retirement Thursday, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

The 35-year-old Backus may not have been the player he once was, but it's still going to be no easy feat to replace a player who allowed only one sack in 2012.

Here are a handful of options the Lions could explore.

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