Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/10/14
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Lions defensive end Cliff Avril appeared as a studio guest on NFL Network and said he prefers not to play under the franchise tag but didn't offer any hints on his plans for training camp. Avril said talks with the Lions geared toward a long-term contract continue. The deadline to sign a long-term deal for franchise players in July 16. Otherwise, Avril's one-year, $10.6 million franchise tender will apply. "Yeah, we're talking," he said. "We're still trying to get things figured out before camp. I want to be there long-term. I want to get a deal done. I don't want to play under the franchise tag." Avril didn't take exception to general manager Martin Mayhew's recent comments boosting third-year defensive end Willie Young as an adequate fill-in if Avril should opt for a holdout into preseason and beyond. "I think Willie's a good player," Avril said. "Don't get me wrong, I definitely feel like he's a heck of a player and he's playing good right now. But I didn't expect the sp...
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