The Detroit Lions continued hacking and whacking contracts on Tuesday, with the releases of veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and offensive guard Stephen Peterman.
The team confirmed both moves via a statement:
Peterman played the last seven years with the Lions after joining the club during the 2006 season. In those seven years, Peterman played in 87 games (86 starts) with Detroit.
Vanden Bosch signed with the Lions March 6, 2010 as an unrestricted free agent, and for the past three seasons he has helped the resurgence of the team’s defensive line.
Neither move comes as a huge surprise — Peterman had a miserable 2012 and Vanden Bosch’s production dropped off dramatically — and the Lions saved upwards of $8 million toward next year’s cap situation by releasing this duo and wide receiver Titus Young.
There are also rumors floating that longtime Detroit center Dominic Raiola will be next to go. The Detroit News’ Chris McCosky said as much Tuesday.
Raiola has one year at just over $4 million left on his current contract. However, his release, unlike that of, say, Peterman, would leave the Lions without any obvious candidate to step in at his position. Detroit almost certainly would have to spend a draft pick or some free-agent money on a new center.
Behind Raiola at center on Detroit’s 2012 depth chart was Dylan Gandy, an unrestricted free agent who does not project as a starter.