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According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Detroit Lions have placed the franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril.
Avril was hoping to avoid being tagged, but there was no way the Lions would let him hit the open market as a free agent.
The Lions will now have until July 15th to get a new deal done, or else Avril will be forced to play the 2012 season until the franchise tag.
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. The Lions and defensive end Cliff Avril were working under a negotiating deadline to reach an agreement on a contract Monday and avoid putting the franchise tag on Avril.
The deadline for applying the tag is 4 p.m. Monday.
Avril had his best year in four seasons with the Lions in 2011. He led the team with 11 sacks, a career high, and had six forced fumbles,...
DETROIT, March 5- The Lions have applied the franchise tag to DE Cliff Avril, according to their website. The term of the tag is “non-exclusive.”
Please click the link to read more about Avril's status, his contribution to the Lions' defensive line and to watch 2011 footage of him dominating the Denver Broncos' offensive line.
If the Detroit Lions and defensive end Cliff Avril are unable to agree to terms on a long-term deal before the franchise tag deadline on Monday, it won't be for a lack of trying. Although the negotiations have been described as moving slowly at times, the two sides have been meeting quite a bit as of late in hopes of trying to get a deal done. That was especially the case on...
The Detroit Lions placed their franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported on Monday, citing a league source.
The value of the tag is $10.6 million for Avril, who told the Detroit Free Press last month that he wasn't interested in the move. He'll have until July 15 to secure a long-term deal.
"I definitely don't want...
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.
A little more than a week ago I wrote what I believed would happen in the Lions' contract negotiations with so to be free agent DE Cliff Avril. I envisioned a 10 step process, and step 3 was this:
3. With the free agency deadline approaching, the Lions finally stick the franchise tag on Avril, because they aren't stupid. 25 year old defensive ends with double digit sack...
The Detroit Lions used the franchise tag on Cliff Avril taking one of the best DE off the free agent market.
The Houston Texans signed Arian Foster to a five year deal, which may have shut the door on their chances of keeping DE Mario Williams. Houston reportedly won’t have the cap space to use the franchise tag on Williams, which would be around $22 million. The Texans have other...
The Detroit Lions have placed the franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. A 2009 third-round pick out of Purdue, the 25-year-old Avril has 133 tackles, 30 quarterback sacks and 14 forced fumbles over the last four seasons, including a career-high 11 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2011. Avril earned $1.634 million on his three-year rookie contract...
The Mother ship that is SBNation runs down all the potential free agent wide outs that are now linked to be staying with their old teams. This is not good news for Bears fans hoping for a big WR splash.
Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network has reported that sources close to Vincent Jackson expect him to receive the franchise tag.
According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, Arizona Cardinals left tackle Levi Brown will more than likely hit the free agent market.
Brown is going into the final year of his current contract, but is scheduled to make $17 million in 2012. The Cardinals are working on renegotiating a new deal with him, but it doesn’t look like it will happen.
If Brown does become a free...
Jason LaCanfora has crossed with me and I am not sure if I can just let this one slide. After years of learning to temper my football expectations, I mentally accepted that the monstrous Mario Williams would not play for Atlanta. Williams has been linked to Seattle and New England, but not to Atlanta. The elite pass rusher will likely bring sacks to another team for years....
According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Kansas City Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Bowe is clearly the Chiefs best receiver and it was vital for them to make sure they keep him around. Now the goal will be to get him locked up with a long-term contract.
According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Dallas Cowboys have placed their franchise tag on linebacker Anthony Spencer.
Spencer has been a bit of a disappointment for the Cowboys since he was drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft. But right now he’s the best option they have at outside linebacker and the Cowboys will look to get him signed to a multi-year deal...
According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora the Colts plan to hold a press conference on Wednesday March 7th, to announce they will be releasing Peyton Manning making him a free agent immediately after.
Stephen Ross get your wrist ready, start doing your exercises because you better be preparing to write Peyton one very large cheque. Ross and Ireland need to pull out everything...