According to James Jahnke of the Detroit Free-Press, Lions defensive end Cliff Avril made an appearance on SiriusXM radio on Friday and made it clear that he wants to stay in Detroit and he wants to get paid.
“I just want to be paid as one of the guys that’s helping the team grow,” Avril said. “I want to be there. We have a young D-line. But I know it’s a business, and you only hit free agency once or twice in your career, so you definitely have to take advantage of it.”
Avril was asked if he’d give the Lions a hometown discount.
“There’s no such thing as a hometown discount in the NFL,” he said. “Once you can’t play anymore, they’re going to let you go, so you definitely have to strike gold when you can.
“That said, if they and another team present the same thing, I’d definitely stay with the Lions.”
There’s no question the 25 year-old Avril will be one of most sought after free agents this , after recording 11 sacks in 2011.