Lions center Dominic Raiola is sticking with the Lions for yet another year. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Allen Park — Dominic Raiola will return for a 14th season with the Lions.
The veteran center signed a one-year deal this week, according to his agent Ken Zuckerman. The Lions confirmed the signing Friday night.
Raiola took a pay cut last offseason from $4.05 million to the veteran minimum of $940,000, but Zuckerman said he’ll receive a “significant” raise this year after having arguably the best season of his career.
Further financial details were not available.
Last season, Raiola anchored an offensive line that allowed just 23 sacks, second-best in the NFL. He added nearly 20 pounds last offseason, which he said helped against opposing defensive tackles, and Raiola plans to stay around the 310 pounds at which he played in 2013.
The Lions drafted Raiola in the second round out of Nebraska in 2001. The Hawaii native has been to the postseason only once in his career (2011) and is one of two players remaining from the 0-16 season in 2008, along with wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
“He started there; he wants to finish there,” Zuckerman said. “He’s in great shape, (and) he’s focused on getting the team to the postseason.”