Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/5/12

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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