As Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril continues to hold out in hopes of getting the long-term contract he desires, president Tom Lewand stated that they’ve been communicating with his agent on an ongoing basis.
“We’ve had conversations and we continue to have dialogue,” Lewand said. “We’ll leave the dialogue open. I talked to (Avril’s agent) Brian (Mackler) recently, and we have an ongoing dialogue. We’ve said all along, we’d like Cliff to be here. We’ve made some very substantial offers to him. We haven’t been able to work a deal out.
“We’ll continue to talk with an eye toward getting something done, but if he’s here on a one-year deal, then he’ll be like many of the other guys that we had this year, the Stephen Tulloch’s and Jeff Backus’ of the world. Next year like Justin Durant and DeAndre Levy and Corey Williams, Chris Houston, and on and on. We got a lot of guys that are coming up, not just Cliff, potentially.”
Avril still hasn’t signed his franchise tender. They’ll have until July 15th to get a deal done before he’s forced to play the entire 2012 season under the tag.