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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 to be franchised," Avril said at the time. "I mean, I've been in Detroit for four years, and I wouldn’t mind being there for another couple more years or whatnot.
"The franchise tag kind of makes it a yearly thing, and you want security. You want to know you’re going to be there for a couple years so your family can get comfortable."
Avril collected a career-high 11 sacks and 36 tackles this past season. The 25-year-old has 30.5 sacks, 133 tackles and one interception in his career.
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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.
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...
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...
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.
Mikel Leshoure was drafted in the second round by Detroit last year and had plenty of promise for a strong season in front of him. Unfortunately, it never happened. Leshoure ran into defensive lineman Cliff Avril in a training camp drill and tore his Achilles tendon, ending his season in August.
Despite having as many NFL carries as I do, I’m still very high on Leshoure’s outlook...
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.
Lions running back Mikel Leshoure told the official team website that his rehab is going very well and expects to be ready for the start of the season. Leshoure missed all of his rookie campaign with a torn Achilles' suffered last August. He's targeting a September return. "My body feels good," he said. "I'm going to turn it up a little bit more a month...
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...
After Gregg Williams‘ now-infamous BountyGate scandal set off a brushfire across the nation, players league-wide are weighing in on the matter, and their experience in the “pay for performance” system.
While Ndamukong Suh wouldn’t know what it’s like, he insists the Lions aren’t bounty hunters, and don’t permit such a program to take place.
“I don’t take part in...
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...
Nothing about the New Orleans Saints pay-for-performance program came as a surprise to Lions safety Chris Harris, not even the revelation that bounties were placed on opposing players. "I don't know how many teams are doing that or how common it is," Harris said Saturday. "But it doesn't surprise me." The NFL announced Friday that 22 to 27 Saints took...