Dominic Raiola re-signs with Detroit Lions

DETROIT — Dominic Raiola had the best season of his career at age 35, after taking a pay cut to stay in Detroit, and the Lions rewarded him with a one-year contract extension this week.

Raiola’s new contract includes a pay raise from the $1 million base salary he made last season, a person familiar with the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had yet to be made.

A second-round draft pick out of Nebraska in 2001, Raiola has started 188 out of 192 possible games over the past 12 seasons.

Lions coaches said last year that he was a big reason the offensive line played so well despite breaking in new starters at left tackle, right tackle and right guard.

Raiola said after the season that he wanted to return for at least one more season and finish out his career as a Lion.

With Raiola under contract, the Lions have just three starters slated to become free agents next month: tight end Brandon Pettigrew, cornerback Rashean Mathis and defensive end Willie Young.

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