Stephen Peterman released by the Detroit Lions

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Veteran guard Stephen Peterman is released by the Detroit Lions following seven seasons with the team.

When Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew sat down with beat reporters following the season and explained that Matthew Stafford faced too much pressure from the interior of the offensive line in 2012, most people sitting at the table knew changes were coming to the offensive line..

The first of those dominoes fell Tuesday when the team cut ties with right guard Stephen Peterman, 31, according to a league source. Peterman was entering the final year of his contract.

The move saves the Lions $2.65 million toward the 2013 cap.

Peterman has been a mainstay upfront for the Lions the last three seasons, starting all 49 games (including playoffs) over that span, but Peterman struggled at times in 2012.

According to the website, he allowed 45 quarterback disruptions, which is an extremely high number for a guard and makes the point to what Mayhew was referring to following the season.

The Detroit Lions are likely to give Bill Nagy a shot to win the job but also have the option of potentially moving one of their tackle prospects over to guard, most notably Riley Reiff or Jason Fox. The team is also on the lookout for help via free agency and the draft.

The Lions also save on a $500,000 roster bonus and $100,000 reporting bonus due Peterman by releasing him Tuesday.