Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/19/12

Lions defensive end Cliff Avril has yet to sign his one-year franchise offer and isn't in any rush to get to training camp.

Avril must play the 2012 season for a guaranteed $10.6 million, the league-calculated total which represents the average of the top 10 salaries at the position.

Avril said Monday, when the league's deadline to sign a long-term extension and shed the franchise designation, that he'd be probably wouldn't make it to training camp July 26 when the Lions are scheduled to report.

"I wanted to get something done," Avril told the Detroit Free Press. "I want to be with the Lions. I want to be in Detroit. But we'll probably be back at the same situation next year, unfortunately."

Avril reportedly declined a three-year, $30 million contract after leading the Lions with 11 sacks last season. The 26-year-old is reportedly measuring himself to 31-year-old Colts' pass rusher Robert Mathis, who signed a four-year, $36 million deal with $15 million in signing bonus and Calais Campbell of the Cardinals. Both were named franchise players in March before agreeing to long-term contracts. Campbell signed a five-year, $55 million deal with $31 million guaranteed.

It's debatable whether Avril truly will be back in this situation with the Lions next season. The team has a slew of marquee players scheduled to hit the market, including safety Louis Delmas.

If Detroit opts to use the franchise designation to retain Avril again next season, he'll receive a 20-percent raise to $12.72 million.

Avril plans to sit out early August workouts at least long enough to see his son turn 1 on Aug. 3.

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