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Lions have told Stephen Peterman they’re cutting him

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The Ravens aren’t finished partying yet, but the rest of the league is moving on with offseason business.

The Lions have made a second cut already, parting ways with right guard Stephen Peterman, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. They released wide receiver Titus Young because he was a pain in the rear, but Peterman’s release was more about the wallet.

The 31-year-old Peterman had started every game at right guard the last three seasons, but the Lions are looking to get younger and cheaper there.

It could be the start of a makeover for a group that didn’t exactly help Matt Stafford last year. Right tackle Gosder Cherilus is a free agent, left tackle Jeff Backus turns 36 and they have last year’s first-rounder Riley Reiff waiting in the wings after spending last year as a reserve.

Cutting Peterman keeps the Lions from paying a $500,000 roster bonus, and carves $3.2 million worth of salary cap space off the books for a team with many bigger deals to do.

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9 Responses to “Lions have told Stephen Peterman they’re cutting him”
  1. gosuhgo says: Feb 5, 2013 1:52 PM

    Gos was the 2nd best rt last year. Hope we hold onto him and ditch that bum at center.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 5, 2013 1:53 PM

    3 year starter, or 3 years of opportunity that the Lions had to trade him and get something for him instead of utilizing him for nothing in return.

  3. ee00ee says: Feb 5, 2013 1:55 PM

    He was given all the signs they were going to release him but they went right over his head, and otherwise around him. It’s the only thing he didn’t let right in all season.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 5, 2013 2:03 PM

    The guy just took way too much food off the team buffet table.

  5. 989lions says: Feb 5, 2013 2:04 PM

    This had nothing to do with salary this was based on skill. This guy gave up the most hurries for an interior OL in the entire league. Who would wanna trade for this bum. The lions interior OL got flamed this year for allowing so much pressure up the middle and I believe Raiola is next to go and he’s slated to make about 6 mil. The Lions poached Nagy from the Cowboys last year with a long term plan for him to play and have R Austin who they were high on in their organization already on the PS. Plus the draft. Excited the FO is actually making moves to improve this team.

  6. vesselsk says: Feb 5, 2013 2:18 PM

    I thank Stephen for his service, but he was arguably the weak link on the Lions O Line since the Schwartz regime began

  7. staff2cj says: Feb 5, 2013 3:04 PM

    Hopefully Raiola is not too far behind

  8. purpleguy says: Feb 5, 2013 3:08 PM

    Pro Football Focus actually graded out the Lions’ O-line pretty well this year. With Peterman and Gosder out, it may be tougher to make that grade again.

  9. msu92 says: Feb 7, 2013 3:26 PM

    It’s about time….this guy was notorious for his false starts and penalties. The Oline has been solid, but he was definitely the weak spot on the line. I was always so confused that he was rated a 87 in Madden…..

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