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With 30 sacks in his first four seasons, Cliff Avril has become one of the league’s rising defensive stars, and will undoubtedly end up with a major contract at some point in the near future. For the time being however, Avril will be playing without much in the way of financial security on his one year franchise tag tender, which only guarantees him $10.6 million. Avril publicly pushed for his freedom last off-season, taking up his case with the media several times to air his displeasure in having to continually prove himself worthy of a major extension from the Lions, only to eventually end up signing the tender to avoid the punitive fines that come with a holdout in the regular season. A collegiate standout at Purdue, Avril is primed to earn a massive contract on the open market at season’s end regardless of his stats this year, as players with a lesser track record have received significant contracts in recent years. A deal from this past off-season that will likely be the benchm...
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