Raiola signs extension
ALLEN PARK Lions center Dominic Raiola has signed a four-year extension that will keep him with the team through the 2013 season. The deal was announced Thursday.
Hes a guy thats been a great leader for us on offense and in the locker room. Hes been a stalwart on the offensive line, outside of a hand injury last year, hes been great in durability. Hes the exact kind of guy the organization wants as part of the nucleus of this team going forward, said Tom Lewand, the Lions president.
Raiola, who was a second-round draft pick (50th overall) by Detroit in 2001, said he doesnt want to play anywhere else.
I worked hard for this and there are a lot of people that went into me getting this. For where weve come from we havent done anything yet. Im excited to be here and really finish my career, Raiola said after Thursdays minicamp practice.
For more on Raiolas new deal see Fridays Oakland Press.