The impasse continues between the Detroit Lions and DE Cliff Avril. Cliff Avril, 25, is headed for free agency and the Detroit Lions want to keep the talented, young defensive end on the roster for the future. Avril has been adamant in his position of demanding a long-term contract from the Lions and has stated that he will holdout if the organiztion places the franchise tag on the defensive end.
A third-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2008, Avril has totaled 30 career sacks, 14 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In 2011, Avril was one piece of the formidable Lions defensive line, recording 11 sacks.
Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters today that the organization really doesn’t want to use the frnchise tag on Avril. “It is certainly not our desire to franchise Cliff. We don’t want to do that so we’re hopeful we’ll get something long-term done. I think it’s the best thing for him and for us. So that’s not a good option,” said Mayhew.