Found February 14, 2013 on The Detroit Sports Site:
Dominic Raiola will be back for his 13th season with the Detroit Lions. The two sides agreed on a restructured contract to keep the team’s longtime center around, Dave Birkett of the Free Press reported. (Quick, shameless plug: You can hear from Birkett on the Lions’ offseason plans at the 15-minute mark of this week’s Detroit Sports Show podcast.) Details of the restructuring were not immediately known, but Raiola, 34, was set to make upwards of $4 million in 2013 — and to count approximately $6 million towards the cap, due to bonuses. The Lions recently released starting guard Stephen Peterman and face the possibility of both Gosder Cherulis (free agency) and Jeff Backus (retirement) not returning for next season. Raiola graded out as the 13th best center in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
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