The Lions slapped defensive end Cliff Avril with the franchise tender earlier this offseason. However, he has yet to sign the 10.605 million dollar tender. He and the Lions are in negotiations, but reportedly are not close. Avril wants to make that franchise tender amount for 4-5 seasons, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer, who says Avril is shooting for 42 million over 4 years with more than half of that guaranteed.
The Lions, meanwhile, won’t budge from 8-9 million per year. Jason La Canfora, also of NFL.com, reports that the two sides are not close and not even talking at the moment. I would still say the two sides will get a deal done before Training Camp, but I can’t say for sure. Avril is undersized at 6-3 260, but has 30 sacks in 4 seasons after going in the 3rd round in 2008, including 11 last year. He is also an ideal fit for the Lions wide nine scheme.