The Lions decided to clear cap space two weeks ago by cutting veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and right guard Stephen Peterman. The cumulative thought around the Lions fan base was center Dominic Raiola would be next.
Today we were told otherwise. A report from Dave Birkett says the Lions and Raiola have agreed on a restructured deal through the 2013 season.
Center Dominic Raiola has agreed to restructure the final year of his deal, per a person familiar with agreement. Should be a Lion in 2013.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 14, 2013
This move allows the Lions to find his replacement late in the draft grooming him for the 2014 season. Bill Nagy, who once was viewed as the heir apparent to Raiola, spent the year on IR after being claimed from the Dallas Cowboys. Nagy has experience at guard as well, and Rodney Austin, who spent the season on the practice squad, was praised by the coaching staff for his versatility. Look for those two guys to compete for playing time at guard while backing up Raiola, with one of them likely to take over in 2014.