Friday, February 8, 2013
Raiola on the way out?
By Tim Kavanagh
The Detroit Lions got their offseason off to a quick start this week, by releasing WR Titus Young, OG Stephen Peterman and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. And according to a new report, their cuts won't be limited to those three.
Based upon comments from HC Jim Schwartz and GM Martin Mayhew, Anwar Richarson of MLive.com isn't so sure that C Dominic Raiola will continue to be a part of the roster in 2013.
"Our roster is still a work in progress," Schwartz responded when asked about Raiola. "We're preparing right now for free agency. We got back from the Senior Bowl when we were working on draftable players this year. We're balancing right now as a coaching staff, working on all our cut-ups and evaluating those. I think I said this before, a lot of times you get a little different perspective of players from the end of the season. The way you felt the day after the season and month later when you've got done all your cut-ups, and things like that, free agency, and the draft. It's always a work in progress. Martin's famous for saying there's no finish line when it comes to your roster. I'm sure there will be other things that we do, but these other ones came up right away. Different things with each of those moves."
Mayhew was asked whether the team would ask Raiola to restructure his deal, a contract that will count $6 million against the salary cap in 2013. "Again, if I was going to restructure Dom's deal, I would talk to Dom about it first before I talked to you guys about it," Mayhew bristled. "When we make those decisions, we act on those things, and then we deal with the players and agents, and you guys find out after that."
The Lions have Bill Nagy -- who has done some work at C in the past -- on the roster, but this could be a position that is addressed in the draft.