Posts Tagged ‘Cliff Avril’

The Calm Before the…Calm?

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Look for Sammie Hill to flex his muscles elsewhere in 2013

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor
The free agency negotiation period kicked off at midnight Saturday, or 11PM Friday if you live in the Central time zone like me. The internet and sports radio were awash in a frenzy of rumormongering, postulating, and artificial intelligence. “Sources” used included the guy who takes out the trash at a team HQ; I know this for a fact because he happens to be an old friend and he advised me a certain four-letter network texted him trying to extract information. As if the custodian has some super-powered listening ability or is a Bond-esque silent witness to an illicit contract agreement, but I digress…

10 Things for Lions Fans to Watch at the Combine

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The Combine is a showcase for players like Jamal Johnson-Webb

The NFL world descends upon Indianapolis for the next week as the annual Combine takes place. Here are some things Lions fans will want to pay some mind during the proceedings.


The Clash over Cliff Avril

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Cliff Avril Rocking the Casbah, err, Christian Ponder

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

My musical taste typically stray from punk, but I have a warm spot in my heart for The Clash. Combat Rock was one of the first cassettes I ever bought, and my familiarity with their music bought me some desperately desired street cred with the middle school ruffians on the school bus. My favorite song from that album is the one that hardcore punk fans loathe the most from their catalog, Should I Stay or Should I Go? That song is now over 30 years old (gulp!) but it has a practical and modern prescience for the Detroit Lions.

Should he stay or should he go now? That is the question the Lions face with free agent defensive end Cliff Avril.


Is Cliff Avril Done in Detroit?

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Cliff Avril Detroit

Is this Avril’s last season in the D? (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier/DFP)

Justin Wenzel, DLD Contributor

As the season comes to a close, the Lions front office has to deal with the same problem as last year; what do they do with Defensive End Cliff Avril?

Avril, the Lions 3rd round pick in 2008, is scheduled to be a free agent for the second straight offseason. Last offseason, the Lions slapped a $10.6 million franchise tag on Avril after negotiations went nowhere.

If the Lions wanted to franchise tag Avril again, it will cost them a good amount of cash. Last year, Avril received $10.6 million, the average of the top 5 salaries for defensive ends in 2012. This year, the Lions would have to pay Avril $12.7 million, or 120% of his salary from last season. Most likely Avril is seeking a contract larger than the 3 year, $30 million the Lions offered last year. Avril won’t look to cash in like Mario Williams (6 year, $100 million), but it would be safe to say Avril wants at least $12 million per year.

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