Lions decide to franchise Avril The Detroit Lions have designated defensive end Cliff Avril as their franchise player, according to a league source.
It comes at a cost of $10.6 million.
The Lions negotiated with Avril through today, but no deal could be reached before the deadline to use the tag.
The two sides are expected to continue talks toward a long-term deal.
Avril, 25, has recorded 133 tackles, 30 sacks and 14 forced fumbles.
-- Aaron Wilson
Titans choose Griffin The Tennessee Titans have tagged safety Michael Griffin as their franchise player.
The Titans announced the move Monday a couple hours before the NFL deadline to use the tag. That means the Titans decided not to tag cornerback Cortland Finnegan before free agency begins March 13.
The move to tag Griffin still allows the Titans to work on a long-term contract before July 16 with the safety who was their top draft pick in 2007 out of Texas. Griffin was due to become an unrestricted free agent on M...