On Monday, we learned that center Dominic Raiola won't be back with the Detroit Lions in 2015. On Tuesday, the Lions addressed the news by releasing statements from head coach Jim Caldwell and general manager Martin Mayhew. Take a look:
"While I only had Dom for one season, I quickly learned he was about as passionate and dedicated as any player I have ever coached. Players like Dom are rare. Aside from playing for the same team for 14 seasons, which is remarkable, his love for the game was obvious.
"He also loved helping our young players grow and develop, which was an indication of his selflessness and how team-oriented he was for us.
"I quickly realized how much he truly loved everything that went into preparing for game days – the offseason, OTAs, training camp, meetings and practices. He truly loves the game of football, and we will miss that passion and love for this game."
"Decisions like these are never easy. Dom and I came to the Lions the same year (2001), and we've been through a lot together. I doubt we've ever had a more passionate player than Dom.
"In many ways, he’s a throwback who could've played in any era of the NFL.
"He should take pride in the fact that he is one of the most durable players in this team’s history, as proven by his longevity, and that he helped lead us to two playoff berths in the past four seasons. We wish him nothing but the very best in all his future endeavors."