LARRY LAGE,AP Sports Writer

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew says his goal is to sign Cliff Avril to a long-term contract.

The Lions put the non-exclusive franchise tag on Avril in March to retain the defensive end with a $10.6 million, one-year deal if both sides can’t agree on a multiyear deal.

Mayhew declined to comment Wednesday about talks with Jim Schwartz. The coach also was mum about negotiations to extend his stay with the franchise beyond the one year left on his contract.

Mayhew is entering his fourth full season and 12th with the team. He said the Lions have a talented roster with a mix of young and experienced players that learned how to win during last year’s run to the playoffs.

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