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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 07:29:40 -0700
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola knows he will have to earn his starting spot in 2014. "Last year was kind of like a proving year, like earning my keep, earning my job, earning my starting status," said Raiola, who has missed only four games in his career. "I'm going to take it the same way. I know I'm getting older.
"I'm not going to be paid like a young guy anymore; you see all these centers getting paid. I want to play like those guys. I want to play like (Cleveland's) Alex Mack. I want to play like (Philadelphia's) Jason Kelce.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:50:17 -0800
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola agreed to a one-year contract that is scheduled to pay $1.25 million with a $125,000 signing bonus.
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:39:49 -0800
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola said he would like to play two more seasons in the NFL.
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:14:20 -0800
The Detroit Lions re-signed C Dominic Raiola to a one-year contract Friday, Feb. 7. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, but he'll reportedly receive a nice raise from his contract last year.
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:19:33 -0800
The Detroit Lions could re-sign impending free-agent C Dominic Raiola to short-term, low-money contract this offseason.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:42:36 -0800
Detroit Lions impending free-agent C Dominic Raiola said he would like to re-sign with the team this offseason but is not sure if he is in the team's plans for the future. Raiola said he believes he can play several more seasons.
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 05:22:40 -0800
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola is having the best year of his career and credits added weight in the offseason. He played at around 290 pounds for much of his career and weighs around 310 pounds now.
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:53:22 -0700
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola is alleged to have hurled insults, some involving the sexuality and physical appearance of some University of Wisconsin band members, before the Week 5 game against the Green Bay Packers, both before the game and at halftime.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:48:08 -0700
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola has added 20 pounds this offseason and weighed 310 pounds at the team's minicamp.
Fri, 17 May 2013 15:50:15 -0700
The Detroit Lions believe C Dominic Raiola is their best option at center entering this season.
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:47:25 -0800
The Detroit Lions are currently $5 million under the salary cap after restructuring the deals of C Dominic Raiola and WR Nate Burleson.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:19:17 -0800
The Detroit Lions created around $5.5 million in salary cap space by restructuring the contracts of WR Nate Burleson and C Dominic Raiola.
Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:46:20 -0800
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola's 2013 salary has gone from $4.05 million to $950,000 after he agreed to restructured his contract this offseason. His $950,000 salary is not guaranteed.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:08:30 -0800
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola said he agreed to restructure his contract because he wants to finish his career with the Lions and did not want to play for another team.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:25:00 -0800
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola has agreed to restructure the final year of his contract and should be with the team next season.
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:46:01 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz would not say that C Dominic Raiola will be with the team next season. "It's always a work in progress. [General manager Martin Mayhew'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," Schwartz said.
Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:41:46 -0800
The Detroit Lions may keep C Dominic Raiola around and allow him to compete for the starting center job during training camp next season.
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:27:30 -0800
The Detroit Lions could consider releasing OG Stephen Peterman and C Dominic Raiola this offseason in order to gain some salary cap space.
Sat, 01 Dec 2012 05:48:47 -0800
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola, a team captain, said the antics of WR Titus Young are no longer an issue because the team is moving on. "It's not a distraction because we have moved on from him," Raiola said. "If he wants to be an a------, let him be an a------. It's not my problem. What we can control is the guys who want to be here. I want people who want to be here and I think everybody else wants the same thing ... If you don't want to be here, then leave."
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:17:50 -0700
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola said he took comments made by an anonymous general manager regarding the team personal. The rival general manager said the Lions are not only overrated but a long way from contending. "That fires me up. That's taking a shot at the Lions organization. That ain't right. I'm going to say eff 'em. I can't say the word. But I'll say eff 'em," Raiola said. "If you don't take that personal, you're in the wrong place. (Schwartz and Mayhew) work hard putting the right talent on the field. They bust their ass doing this. It's on us to have their back. The best way to have their back is on the field."
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:58:28 -0700
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola is taking the blame for the team's Week 3 loss to the Tennessee Titans after he snapped the ball on fourth down in overtime. QB Shaun Hill and head coach Jim Schwartz are also taking blame, saying there was a miscommunication on the play. "I will take all the blame people want to give me," Raiola said. "I know the staff and this locker room has my back and that's the most important thing. You want to question how hard I work, turn on that film and watch me play."
Wed, 18 Apr 2012 04:52:08 -0700
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola fully expects to suffer from short-term memory loss when his career is over. Raiola said NFL players know the condition is a hazard and one of the rigors of their job. "I think when you sign up for this job, you know what you're getting into," Raiola said. During the season, Raiola said he had been "dinged up" enough in his career to see "black and white with little stars," but wouldn't pull himself out of a game because of concussion-like symptoms.
Thu, 19 May 2011 10:18:19 -0700
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola and OGs Rob Sims and Stephen Peterman have been working out together since the lockout started.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:10:21 -0700
Detroit Lions DL Kyle Vanden Bosch, DL Cliff Avril, OL Don Muhlbach, OL Dominic Raiola, OL Rob Sims and OL Stephen Peterman worked out together during an hour-long session Monday, March 14, according to NFL.com. Vanden Bosch set up the gym so that his teammates could work out together during the lockout.
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:59:48 -0800
The Detroit Lions have fined C Dominic Raiola $15,000 for shouting an expletive at a fan after the team's Week 16 game, reports Dave Birkett, of the Detroit Free Press.
Mon, 27 Dec 2010 21:59:45 -0800
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola shouted an obscenity at a fan as he walked off the field in Week 16 against the Miami Dolphins, reports Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com. Raiola has been fined by the team before for incidents involving fans and he might be facing a fine or suspension for this latest incident.
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 21:40:16 -0700
The Detroit Lions starting offensive line appears to be set for the most part, reports Chris McCosky, of The Detroit News. RT Gosder Cherilus and Jon Jansen continue to share first-string reps, while LT Jeff Backus, LG Rob Sims, C Dominic Raiola and RG Stephen Peterman appear set with the first-string unit. The second-string consists of LT Corey Hilliard, LG Roy Schuening, C Dylan Gandy, RG Manuel Ramirez and Jansen at RT. Rookie OT Jason Fox has also been seeing some reps on the left side.
Mon, 31 May 2010 08:58:32 -0700
Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola said he likes to see all of talent the team has on the field during offseason workouts but is not ready to predict how the team will perform this season, reports John Niyo, of The Detroit News. "No speculation on how good we can be," Raiola said. "We'll kind of wait and see. But I definitely see a lot more talent on the field and a lot of jobs up (for grabs) and a lot of guys competing."
Fri, 25 Dec 2009 19:53:18 -0800
Detroit Lions LS Don Muhlbach (concussion), C Dominic Raiola (knee) and DE Dewayne White (toe) would have participated in full if the team held a practice Friday, Dec. 25, and are listed as probable for Week 16.
Thu, 24 Dec 2009 13:55:52 -0800
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 24, and is expected to play in Week 16.
Sun, 13 Dec 2009 19:09:11 -0800
Correcting a previous item, Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions OL Don Muhlbach (concussion) suffered a concussion Week 14 and was replaced by C Dominic Raiola.
Tue, 03 Nov 2009 07:03:56 -0800
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford downplayed an incident in which C Dominic Raiola yelled at fans during the team's Week 8 home loss. In an interview with a Detroit radio station Monday, Nov. 2, Stafford said he was standing on the sideline near the end of the game when some fans starting ridiculing him. Raiola, who was standing nearby, ripped into the fans. "It did strike a chord,'' Raiola said. "You've got three or four guys yelling at him ... you want to run him out of town already? You know what I'm saying? That just hit home with me. Because I've been through it with Joey (Harrington), I've been through it. They sent him packing, and they're not going to do it to this guy. I'm going to be right here next to him.'' Stafford added, "(Raiola's) right. They're not going to run me out of town. I'm not too worried about it. They didn't get to me, so I'm cool with it.''
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 22:46:11 -0700
Terry Foster, of The Detroit News, reports four of the Detroit Lions offensive linemen - C Dominic Raiola, OLT Jeff Backus, ORG Stephen Peterman and ORT Gosder Cherilus - are signed to long-term deals.
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:30:03 -0700
Updating a previous report, John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola has signed a four-year extension worth $20 million, according to a source. The deal includes $9 million in guaranteed money and will pay Raiola $13 million this season.
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:40:01 -0700
Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports the Detroit Lions have signed C Dominic Raiola to a four-year extension that will run through the 2013 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Tue, 29 Jul 2008 21:08:43 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli said C Dominic Raiola (ankle) has an ankle injury. He had it rolled on during practice Monday, July 28. The injury is not believed to be serious.
Tue, 08 Apr 2008 12:41:30 -0700
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola is excited about the team's new offensive approach under offensive coordinator Jim Colletto. Raiola said it will give everyone a chance to do what offensive lineman like to do, which is run the football. He said Colletto brings a run-first mentality to the offense. Raiola said former offensive coordinator Mike Martz had a different approach and liked to pass the ball before running it. Raiola feels the team will not lose any aggressiveness with their new offense, it is just a different style of play. The new offense will involve fewer plays, with fewer shifts and motions, but will still feature audibles.
Fri, 10 Nov 2006 22:11:28 -0800
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola has been warned by NFL officials that comments he made about Atlanta Falcons CB DeAngelo Hall after the Week 9 game were inappropriate. Hall hit Lions QB Jon Kitna late during the game and drew a 15-yard personal foul penalty. Raiola labeled Hall "a cheap-shot artist" after the game and claimed that he will "try to take [Hall's] head off" if the teams meet again in the future.
Sat, 03 Jun 2006 20:39:26 -0700
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports the Detroit Lions have not been as cliquey since the new coached and a number of new players have arrived. Different players have been playing pickup basketball together and CB Dre' Bly has been eating lunch with the quarterbacks. There was a definite split between the team during the 2005 season, according to C Dominic Raiola. Raiola added, "That was tough to play with. Understandably, the defense wasn't happy with us. We continued to lay eggs every year I've been here -- five years in a row." With new head coach Rod Marinelli, the team is starting to unite again. Bly said, "We've been together, man, ever since we brought in my new coach. He brought unity here, man. The chemistry's great, man, amongst the whole team."
Tue, 22 Mar 2005 16:05:11 -0800
Updating previous reports, the five-year deal OL Dominic Raiola signed with the Detroit Lions has base salaries of $550,000 (2005), $2 million (2006), $2.55 million (2007), $3.4 million (2008) and $3.4 million (2009).
Sun, 27 Feb 2005 10:27:21 -0800
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Detroit Lions agreed with C Dominic Raiola on a five-year deal worth $17.5 million including a $4.6 million signing bonus. Raiola was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 2.
Mon, 04 Oct 2004 14:34:21 -0700
Steve Pate, of The Daily Oakland Press, reports Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola (heart) will play in the Sunday, Oct. 10, game at the Atlanta Falcons. Raiola recently had surgery for an irregular heartbeat.
Mon, 27 Sep 2004 18:01:31 -0700
Steve Pate, of The Daily Oakland Press, reports Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola (heart) has an irregular heartbeat and was expected to undergo surgery on Monday, Sept. 27.
Thu, 08 Jan 2004 01:00:05 -0800
The Detroit News reports Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola (irregular heart rhythm) is recovering from surgery, which was performed at the end of the regular season.
Tue, 30 Dec 2003 06:21:45 -0800
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola (heart) will have a procedure done on his heart to correct an accelerated heartbeat, similar to the non-surgical one QB Joey Harrington had last year. A date for the surgery has yet to be set.
Thu, 05 Jun 2003 13:59:20 -0700
DetroitLions.com reports that Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci has been impressed by the play of C Dominic Raiola thus far in minicamp. "He's athletic, I like his athleticism because he can snap; he can pull; he can make the calls," Mariucci said. "For a center to be able pull like a guard can after you snap the ball, not everyone can do that. He can do that."
Mon, 16 Dec 2002 17:46:05 -0800
DetroitLions.com reports Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola (broken bone left hand) was injured Sunday, but he apparently will be able to play this week. "Dominic Raiola has a left-hand fracture," coach Marty Mornhinweg said. "If he plays it will be with one of those big balls on his hand much like DT Shaun Rogers did."
Wed, 31 Jul 2002 02:04:31 -0700
The Detroit News reports Detroit Lions offensive linemen Dominic Raiola and Eric Beverly are competing for the starting center position.
Mon, 05 Nov 2001 10:46:53 -0800
Mlive.com reports Detroit Lions rookie second-round pick C Dominic Raiola replaced starting center Eric Beverly for two series. Beverly said "I'd rather not comment" on his feelings about getting pulled.
Sun, 22 Jul 2001 18:04:51 -0700
Curt Sylvester reports for the Free Press the Detroit Lions have reached a contract agreement with second-round draft pick, C Dominic Raiola. He has agreed to a four-year deal worth approximately $2.7 million, including an option year and $1.3 million in reporting and option bonuses. Agent Kenny Zuckerman said he expects Raiola to be in Saginaw to sign the deal and make Monday's 3 p.m. reporting deadline for quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans.