Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/10/14
If the Lions don’t use their franchise tag on Cliff Avril, he says there is a 50% chance he will be back with the team next year (Credit: AP Photo) Instead of letting defensive end Cliff Avril hit free agency last season, the Detroit Lions used their franchise tag and paid him 10.5 million dollars. The Lions could use the tag again this year, for a second straight year, on Avril but it would cost them 12.6 million dollars, something they are unlikely to do this year. Avril is likely to hit the open market and be able to sign with any team. According to Avril, whichever team he signs with will have to give him security. “Let’s be real you only get free agency once in your career so you definitely want to try and get some money, no doubt about that,” Avril recently told Erik Kuselias of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network.  “That would definitely be a big part of it.  And then, just being somewhere.  I just want to be settled in for the next four or five years.” Avril went on to say he was unsure whether or not he would be re-signing with Detroit. “I guess it’s 50-50,” Avril said regarding his chances of staying.  “I don’t know right now.” Earlier this month, Avril said a hometown discount for the Lions was off the table. “It depends on why I would be taking less money first off,” Avril said.  “I really don’t know if I’d take less right now.” If Avril becomes a free agent, he will definitely be a top 3 defense end available. Last season Avril 9.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Avril will be 27 by the start of next season and should play at his current level for the length of his next contract. The post Cliff Avril 50-50 about the possibilities of staying in Detroit appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.
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