Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 2/14/13
The salary-cap crunch is on for the Detroit Lions. Center Dominic Raiola has agreed to restructure the final year of a contract that was going to pay him about 4 million in base salary in 2013 and count 6 million toward the salary cap because of a previous signing bonus. The Lions are trying to create as much cap room as possible because they have 23 unrestricted free agents and also want to enter the free-agency market to fill some holes on a 4-12 team. The team released three players last week -- receiver Titus Young, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and offensive guard Stephen Peterman -- which reduced their cap number by more than 8 million. Raiola's restructure is likely going to save another 2 million to 3 million. He told the FOX television affiliate in Detroit that he agreed to take less money because "I love playing in Detroit and I love Detroit." General manager Martin Mayhew still plans to try to create even more cap space by restructuring the contracts of quarterbac...
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