The Detroit Lions took care of an important piece of business on Friday afternoon by re-signing center Dominic Raiola to a one-year deal, according to Dave Birkett. It's unclear how much Raiola's new contract will pay him in 2014, but Birkett reports that the 35-year-old Raiola is going to get a "nice raise" for his 14th season in the NFL.

At this time last year, Raiola was actually almost released. The Lions nearly made him a cap casualty when they released Stephen Peterman and Kyle Vanden Bosch. However, Raiola elected to take a pay cut, and by lowering his salary from $4.05 million to $1 million, he stayed on the roster going into the 2013 season.

Keeping Raiola on a lower salary turned out to be a great move for the Lions, as he had a career-best season. Raiola was one of the top centers in all of the NFL, and he was a big part of the Lions' outstanding offensive line. The O-line really surprised a lot of people by becoming a strength, and Raiola's improvement had a lot to do with that.