Lions defensive end Cliff Avril left Sunday’s game against Minnesota with a back injury.
“All athletes think we can play another sport, but we really can’t. Most of us think we can play in the NBA but we really can’t.”
Detroit Lions spokesman Bill Keenist confirmed Cliff Avril signed his tender Sunday morning.
The Lions opened training camp with actual expectations this year.
Cliff Avril refused to lash out at the Detroit Lions after both sides ended negotiations on a multiyear contract.
A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Lions and Cliff Avril have ended negotiations on a long-term deal.
Cliff Avril of the Detroit Lions is asked about his team’s offseason turmoil.
Though we’ve seen several different franchised players pick up long-term deals this offseason (Titans safety Michael Griffin was the latest on Tuesday), we’ve also seen plenty of unhappy franchise-tagged players not get new deals.
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew says his goal is to sign Cliff Avril to a long-term contract.
The Lions begin their 3-day mandatory mini-camp today.
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