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One day after cutting ties with wide receiver Titus Young, the Lions organization continued to trim the fat. Stephen Peterson has been with the team since 2006, has started every game for the last 3 years and today, he finds himself looking for a new job. Cutting Peterson not only saves the Lions $3.25 million next season, it also shows that the Lions are making a concentrated effort to shore up the Offensive line. Peterson allowed more quarterback pressure than any starting guard during the 2012 season.
Lions will release OG Stephen Peterman today, per a person familiar with the decision. Peterman started every game at RG the last 3 years — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 5, 2013
Lions will release OG Stephen Peterman today, per a person familiar with the decision. Peterman started every game at RG the last 3 years
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 5, 2013
It seems as though Brian Xanders has had quite the immediate impact on the Detroit Lions organization. While the decision to add or cut ties with personnel ultimately comes down to Martin Mayhew, there can be no question as to the influence at work here. I would not be surprised to see more veterans cut in the following days/weeks. Take a look at the following seven players set to receive roster bonuses come March 12th and you tell ME who you think will be here come training camp.
Below are the players set to receive roster bonuses in 2013:
Jeff Backus — $500,000
Shaun Hill — $350,000
Stephen Peterman – $600,000 ($500,000 + $100,000 reporting bonus)
Brandon Pettigrew — $250,000
Tony Scheffler — $500,000
Kyle Vanden Bosch — $2 million
John Wendling — $15,000