Found February 25, 2012 on Detroit Lions Football:
Despite speculation the veteran defensive tackle and receiver will be cut to give Detroit some salary cap space, the Lions general manager says there are no plans to release them or restructure their contracts.

Detroit Lions don’t want to Franchise DE Cliff Avril

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...

Lions hope to avoid placing franchise tag on Avril

INDIANAPOLIS Putting the franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril is not an option Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew wants to use with the free-agency signing period three weeks away. Mayhews priority in talks with Avril and his agent is to reach agreement on a long-term contract. Avril is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13. The deadline for applying...

Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew has no regrets of tampering appeal

The Lions won a minor victory when they appealed a tampering fine last winter, delaying the loss of a draft pick from last year's lockout-interrupted off-season to this April's draft.

Worst coaches in Detroit sports history: Lions' futility, rough times for Tigers, Pistons

Losses, losses and more losses. These guys could never get it going in Detroit. Check out the list and weigh in with yours.

Detroit Lions won't make restricted free agent tender to linebacker Ashlee Palmer

Palmer played all 16 games and contributed mostly on special teams for the Lions each of the last two years. Had he been tendered, he would have been guaranteed a one-year deal worth about $1.3 million, a steep price for a backup on a team with salary-cap issues.

Calvin Johnson's agent to meet with Detroit Lions Saturday to hammer out a deal

The Lions are expected to meet with Bus Cook on Saturday to discuss making Johnson the highest-paid receiver in the league. Johnson is entering the final season of his rookie contract with a salary cap number of about $22.5 million. The Lions would like to extend his contract to keep him in Detroit long term and free up valuable cap space before free agency starts next month.

Detroit Lions Links: Team to meet with Calvin Johnson's agent Bus Cook on Saturday

Cook told the Detroit Free Press that the two sides haven't talked much about a new contract, but hopes they can move quickly toward working it out.

Lions have no desire to use franchise tag on DE Cliff Avril

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Friday that there is only one option worse than using the franchise tag to re-sign defensive end Cliff Avril, and that's not having Avril on the team.

Michael Rosenberg: Lions must keep off-season focus

The Lions are in a weird spot, at least weird for them: The players they have are more interesting than the players they want. In the old days, they would go to the combine and try to find an elite quarterback prospect who could catch his own passes, block, tackle, punt and lift TV blackouts. Now they are there, and all the talk is about the team they already have.
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