Raiola restructures deal to hang around with Lions


The Lions have already cut one of their starting offensive linemen, and they avoided having to cut another Thursday.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions have restructured the final year of center Dominic Raiola’s deal, which will allow him to stay with the team in 2013.

Since he’s in the final year of the deal, “restructure” is another way to say “pay cut.” He was due to make $4.05 million, with a $250,000 roster bonus, but it doesn’t take much imagination to realize part of that went away.

The Lions cut Stephen Peterman early, right tackle Gosder Cherilus is a free agent and left tackle Jeff Backus is 36, so the Lions could have a drastically different look up front, even though it appears Raiola is now safe in the middle.

11 responses to “Raiola restructures deal to hang around with Lions

  1. I am sorry, but i would have like to seen him go. I am a die hard Lion fan…love his intensity to the game. It seems he had a good work ethic. It also seemed like he had meatball brain. Lets hope it wasn’t all on him, why the Lions couldn’t move a defense line in their running game. He has been though some tough crap with the Lions, but it doesn’t give him a pass. I hope he does do well this year for Detroit…but i would not have been sad to see him leave either. RESTORE THE ROAR! (Questions…when “was” there a roar?)

  2. Dominic Raiola may be the toughest no-talent SOB to ever play in the NFL. Hats off to him in squeezing one more million dollar payoff from his generous owner.

  3. ndominatesuh says: Feb 14, 2013 2:24 PM

    I am sorry, but i would have like to seen him go.

    Who else are you going to get? A sub par free agent center that has to come in, learn his new teammates, learn a new scheme etc. (if you can afford him.) A rookie, who has never played a snap in the NFL? Bill Nagy? Who has injury concerns?

    Dom may not be great, but he isn’t bad. Is his run blocking the best? No, but you also got to look at the people that play around him (Peterman).

  4. As a Packer fan, I approve of this more……Dominic’s usually good for a couple false start, holding and/or a personal foul penalty.

  5. RE: dukemarc,

    While I agree with you that Raiola sucks, please point out the “False Start, Holding, Personal Foul” penalties he’s racked up through out the years…as a Lions fan, I find it hard to find. Is he good?, NO..but he doesn’t make rookie mistakes. don’t make stuff up.

  6. Instead of taking Ryan broyles in the 2nd round last year we should have picked Peter kontz, Atlanta took him next pick and he was starting by end of the year. First round talent that could play center or either guard, Broyles was solid no doubt, but he would have been where in the 3rd….

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