The Detroit Free Press has reported that center Dominic Raiola’s tenure in Detroit has come to a close.
The Detroit Lions have informed long-time center Dominic Raiola that they don’t plan on bringing him back for a 15th season next year, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who is not authorized to speak about it publicly.
Raiola, 36, has spent his entire career with the Lions since being selected out of Nebraska in 2001. His 203 career starts in Detroit serves as a franchise record.
The conclusion to Raiola’s 2014 campaign (and as it turns out, his Lions career) was mired in controversy after he was suspended for stomping upon the leg of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson in Week 16.
The Lions have been plotting for life after Raiola since drafting former Arkansas center Travis Swanson in 2014. Swanson will be expected to take over at center full time in 2015 after performing well in his opportunities at the position this past season. He also appeared in four games at right guard.
Swanson went down with a knee injury during the Lions’ playoff loss to the Cowboys, but the Free Press reports he’ll be healthy and ready for off-season workouts.