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.
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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.