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Negotiations ongoing with Backus

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--Left tackle Jeff Backus' agent Pat Dye said he had a productive meeting with general manager Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand at the Combine.

"We had a positive discussion," he said. "We'll probably be reconvening here in the near future and we'll see where it goes."

Backus has started a franchise record 176 straight games, but he will be 34 next season and is coming off a year where he tore a chest muscle before camp and tore his biceps in the playoff loss to New Orleans.

"Jeff has obviously been an incredibly consistent and durable player for us over a long period of time -- over a decade," coach Jim Schwartz said. "And I think again, we want to be in the position of keeping good players rather than trying to find out ways to get rid of bad ones, and Jeff certainly fits into keeping the good ones."

--The Lions are expecting to lose No. 3 quarterback Drew Stanton in free agency.

"We would like to have him back but as a professional athlete I am sure he wants to get more opportunity to play," Mayhew said. "He's going to look into that, but we'd definitely like to have him back."

Stanton, 27, confirmed his desire to seek a situation where he might get a chance to play, to the team's website.

He said, "Having a full offseason, I'd like to think that I can go into a place and learn a system and prove my worth on that team, and get a chance to play. If I can be a part of (the Lions), great, but if it's time for me to move on and go elsewhere, then I'm going to leave Detroit."

--Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh does not get targeted by officials because of his dirty reputation, so says the lead official in last month's Super Bowl.

"No, he does not," referee John Parry said in a radio podcast this week. "Our keys in mechanics remain the same from week to week, game to game. I have the same assignments from Week 1 to the Super Bowl as far what my keys are and where I'm focused. We do watch film to prepare for formations and tendencies with the teams that we're about to officiate. But we do not watch film to have any preconceived ideas or thoughts regarding any one player."

Suh has had nine personal fouls and one two-game suspension in his first two seasons.

"The game is obviously extremely emotional, extremely physical and he certainly fits that definition," Parry said. "He's an incredibly gifted, strong and emotional physical athlete."

--Add another vote for Georgia guard Cordy Glenn as the Lions' choice at 23 in the first round. NFL Network's Albert Breer has the Lions taking Glenn, who blocked for quarterback Matthew Stafford for one season at Georgia, in the first round. "The Lions would love to add a corner here, and could trade up if (Alabama's Dre) Kirkpatrick slips," Breer wrote. "But Glenn's too good to pass up in this spot."

"Taking the quarterback position away, we have always taken the approach that we're not comfortable at any position. Anybody who we think can improve our team, we will have interest in." -- Coach Jim Schwartz, talking about the Lions' offseason wish list.

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