Defensive end Cliff Avril made his aversion to the franchise free agent designation known last week, but the Lions are no closer to a decision on Avril’s future in Detroit.
Cliff Avril is used to being in the background. Avril is smart and funny, but he’s lived most of his Detroit Lions career letting other big-name teammates do the talking (I’m pointing at you Ndamukong Suh).
Lions DE Cliff Avril joined 97.1 The Ticket’s SportsFest roundtable discussion on Saturday to discuss free agency and the current state of the Lions.
Cliff Avril had a fantastic 2011 that included a dominating performance against the Broncos and Tim Tebow in Week 8 when he recorded two sacks, and turned a forced fumble into a 24-yard touchdown.
Karsch and Anderson talked to Avril about who he’s rooting for in the Michigan State vs. Purdue game. Avril was also asked about his current situation with the Lions and being a free agent. Does he like his status? Watch and find out.
Free agent defensive end Cliff Avril says he has no idea whether the Detroit Lions will apply the franchise tag to him.
General manager Martin Mayhew has not used the franchise tag since he’s taken the job and he said recently that he would prefer not to in the case of Cliff Avril.
Find out more about the athletes appearing at the 2012 SportsFest.
President Tom Lewand sounded an optimistic tone during Super Bowl week when discussing the re-signing of the team’s vital free agents – defensive end Cliff Avril, middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch, cornerback Eric Wright and left tackle Jeff Backus.
The Detroit Lions have a lot of decisions to make this offseason.