The Detroit Lions did all that they could to reach a new deal with their premier pass rusher, Cliff Avril, but they were unable to come to terms on a long term contract. The Lions were facing a hard deadline to get a deal done, or to use their Franchise Tag on Cliff Avril. The time had passed, and the Lions had yet to reach an agreement on their 25 year old defensive end, so they gave Avril the Franchise Tag to prevent him from hitting the open market on March 13th.
In 2011, Cliff Avril had 36 tackles and 11 sacks, but has also accumulated a total of 36 sacks during his first four years in the league. If they are unable to come to an agreement, he will be paid $10.6 next season for signing his Franchise Tag. But both sides remain hopeful that they can come to an agreement soon.
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