Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/19/12
Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril told the Detroit Free Press that he may hold out if the team puts its franchise tag on him, rather than negotiate a new long-term contract this offseason.

The Lions can use the franchise tag to keep Avril off the free-agent market with a one-year deal. Avril told the newspaper he is considering skipping training camp and the start of the 2012-13 season if a contract is not in place.

"I don't want to be franchised," Avril told the newspaper. "That's basically what I got last year. The (restricted free-agent) tender was basically the same thing. I just want security and longevity."

Avril had a career-high 11 sacks and six forced fumbles this season. He has 30 sacks in 57 career games.
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