- Dave Birkett reports that Dominic Raiola’s new contract will pay him $1.5 million for the 2014 season and includes a $250,000 signing bonus.
This comes after Raiola put together, arguably, his best season in the NFL, despite agreeing to a paycut of $1 million.
- Birkett has been informed that Raiola will receive a “nice raise” after taking a pay cut to return to Detroit last year.
- Birkett adds that the only free agents the Lions have are TE Brandon Pettigrew, CB Rashean Mathis and DE Willie Young.
Raiola took a pay cut of close $3 million last season, which brought his 2013 salary to $950,000.
Raiola, 35, had said that he was hoping to remain with the Lions this offseason and the fact that he is coming off of a solid 2013 season made this seem like a plausible move. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 center in the league this season.
We’ll have more regarding the details of his contract as the news is available.