Found February 19, 2012 on ESPN:
PLAYERS: Cliff Avril
TEAMS: Detroit Lions
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Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril said he will contemplate holding out from training camp if the team uses its franchise tag on him rather than negotiate a long-term deal.
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