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Report: Lions re-sign Dominic Raiola to one-year deal


Center Dominic Raiola took a major pay cut to remain with the Lions for the 2013 season, a move that appears to have earned him a job for the 2014 season as well.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions and Raiola have agreed to a one-year deal that will keep Raiola from hitting free agency next month. There’s no word on the exact salary, but Birkett reports that Raiola will get a “nice raise” over the veteran’s minimum of $950,000 he wound up making last season.

Raiola had arguably his best professional season in 2013 with the biggest negative marks coming from an October incident at Lambeau Field that saw Raiola use obscene and homophobic comments toward members of the University of Wisconsin marching band. Raiola apologized for it a few days later and spent the rest of the season giving the Lions a strong middle to their offensive line.

With Raiola off the market, the top centers headed toward free agency are Alex Mack of the Browns, Brian de la Puente of the Saints and Evan Dietrich-Smith of the Packers.

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25 Responses to “Report: Lions re-sign Dominic Raiola to one-year deal”
  1. ziggystheansah says: Feb 7, 2014 3:37 PM

    Great sign. Very under the radar Center, he graded out to be a top C this season.

  2. mintberrycrunch1 says: Feb 7, 2014 3:38 PM

    I hope the raise wasn’t too nice….cap space is tight these days! He did play the best ball of his career in 2013 though.

  3. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 7, 2014 3:41 PM

    It would be funny if Dominic’s middle name started with A.

  4. grantsbuds says: Feb 7, 2014 3:41 PM

    They will regret this move?

  5. Stupid Lions Fan says: Feb 7, 2014 3:42 PM

    Good sign, one less hole.

  6. telldatruth says: Feb 7, 2014 3:43 PM

    Not the greatest run blocker in the business. Not sure how they will have a power running game with him in the middle. Hope they can find his replacement this year

  7. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Feb 7, 2014 3:49 PM

    If your 2 options are 1) the vikings or 2) anywhere else (including Afghanistan) — you choose option 2 every time.

  8. leatherface2012 says: Feb 7, 2014 3:50 PM

    evan dietrich smith? give me a break, he’s a horrible left tackle

  9. rbell2123 says: Feb 7, 2014 4:07 PM

    Great another year of substandard center play from lions.

  10. lionsdraftguy says: Feb 7, 2014 4:12 PM

    This pretty much means they will be trying hard to find his replacement this offseason. About time.

    And who the heck would want Dietrich-Smith? Once hes not with the Packers anymore, the holding calls will start. They dont call them against GB.

  11. snorkelson says: Feb 7, 2014 4:15 PM

    Nice to see the Lions getting back to work. Dom has another left in him, but need to get someone to groom later in the draft. I’d like to see some new blood at wr and teach Fauria how to block, not hard to see a good offense get better if they find guys that can catch the ball.

  12. blitzed14 says: Feb 7, 2014 4:16 PM

    I’ve never been a Raiola fan (I think he’s a douche), but he did play quite well this year. As long as the raise is within reason, this is a smart move by Mayhew.

  13. ariani1985 says: Feb 7, 2014 4:17 PM

    If i got to play the horrible packers twice a year I would stay too.

  14. metrocritical says: Feb 7, 2014 4:27 PM

    If cap friendly, it’s a fine enough signing and allows Detroit time to find and groom a young replacement. Hopefully that replacement will be bigger, stronger and a little less Neanderthal in his demeanor and persona.

  15. johngaltwho says: Feb 7, 2014 4:43 PM

    Thats funny. The Lions have 5 wins and 26 losses against the “horrible” Packers in this millennium.

  16. Shinnbone says: Feb 7, 2014 5:22 PM

    This just in……the Lions still suck!!!!!! and ALWAYS will!!!!
    13 Championships in TITLE-TOWN, detroit (yes with a small d) zero as 0000 did you get that ZERO! A perfect reflection on the city they are named after. detroit, nuff said!

  17. noeffinway says: Feb 7, 2014 5:51 PM

    Didn’t Pro Football Focus grade him out as the BEST center in the NFC last season? I believe so.

  18. dtownsportslions says: Feb 7, 2014 6:35 PM

    Right move. He played good ball last year, I just wish he would shut his trap sometimes.

  19. coachkilla6 says: Feb 7, 2014 6:53 PM

    To be fair Shinnbone, Detroit has won 4 League Championships. You can’t count the Packers’ 9 pre-Superbowl titles and ignore other team’s history at the same time.

    That being said, a one-year deal doesn’t exactly scream “confidence”.

  20. firecc says: Feb 7, 2014 8:04 PM

    vikesarebest: “The best team in the NFL, the Vikings, scoff at this middling move proposed by the Lions to counter the Vikings’ dominance. But to no avail, my friend, the Vikings will still proceed to go 19-0 the next 10 seasons, winning 50-0 in the NFC Championship over the Shehawks/Packers every single run. Skol!”

  21. wafflestomp says: Feb 7, 2014 8:51 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Feb 7, 2014 3:50 PM

    evan dietrich smith? give me a break, he’s a horrible left tackle

    Hate to break the news to you, but Evan Dietrich-Smith is a center, as is Raiola and the rest of the free agents mentioned.

    I understand how reading comprehension sometimes confuses the average Viking fan, but hey, when you’ve got to hate, why let that stop you.

    Now back to EDS, he is raw, having played the position a little over a season, but he is serviceable with a huge upside.
    Really hope Green Bay hangs on to him.

  22. mylionsroaring says: Feb 7, 2014 10:07 PM

    Hopefully he will be like BRUCE MATTHEWS, and get better as the years add up. If he has another great year I could see his sticking around if he wants to

  23. tdubdizzle says: Feb 8, 2014 4:04 AM

    I think the Lions are going to be so good next year and no one sees it coming. Matt Stafford is going to be off the chain. That d line is going to be similar to the Vikings ferocious front four back in the day.

  24. stackzondeck says: Feb 8, 2014 12:50 PM

    Alex Mack to the Ravens. ASAP.

  25. lovethelions says: Feb 13, 2014 6:13 PM


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