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Lions don't want to franchise Avril

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Detroit Lions don’t want to franchise defensive end Cliff Avril, general manager Martin Mayhew said Friday. Avril put up 11 sacks in his fourth season to tie for 11th in the league. He has said there will be no hometown discount. “We have not made a decision on Cliff,” Mayhew said. “We’re still going to work on getting a long-term deal done. “Certainly, it’s not our desire to franchise Cliff. We don’t want to do that. We’re hopeful we get something long-term done. I think it’s the best thing for him and the best thing for us. Franchising him is not a good option for us. The only worse option is playing without him. We don’t want to play without him.” The franchise tag for defensive ends is set at $10.6 million, according to NFL.com. Avril had one sack in two games against the Packers. He would be one of the top defensive free agents to hit the market in 2012 if the Lions cannot reach a deal.

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