Dominic Raiola Signs With Detroit Lions Through 2013

Shawn HaleContributor IJune 25, 2009

CLEVELAND - AUGUST 18:  Dominic Raiola #51 of the Detroit Lions gets set for play during the pre-season game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 18, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Lions defeated the Browns 23-20.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions have signed center Dominic Raiola to a four-year extension today. 

Raiola, who would have been entering the final year of his contract, has been a starter on the Lions' offensive line since his second year in the league.

Raiola is praised in the national media, yet often criticized by local fans. 

He is one of the few Matt Millen draft picks remaining on the team after the latest roster overhaul. 

The Lions' center is considered extremely smart and competitive, however, his lack of production in run-blocking have many fans questioning the signing.