ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has a difficult job this offseason: trying to figure out exactly how to put a winning product back on the field next season.
Hes already gotten rid of his problem-child receiver, Titus Young, and started to create some space under the salary cap by dumping more than 8 million with the release of defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and offensive guard Stephen Peterman.
Some of the next steps include confirming whether offensive tackle Jeff Backus and kicker Jason Hanson will return for another season or retire, determining center Dominic Raiolas status and also trying to sign quarterback Matthew Stafford to a contract extension as a means to create more cap room.
As of now, it sounds as if theres a good chance Backus, 35, and Hanson, 42, will be back.
Although Mayhew said Thursday that he doesnt have a definite read on eithers plans, he added, I did see Jeff downstairs a few minutes ago. It was good to see him in the bu...