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Cliff Avril confirms he won’t be at Lions minicamp

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The Lions and defensive end Cliff Avril have been playing ping-pong about whose court the ball was in when it came to signing a long-term deal with the end result being that Avril won’t be at minicamp this week.

Avril confirmed his absence with the Associated Press and it isn’t much of a surprise. Minicamp attendance is not mandatory for players with franchise tags and staying away is one of the last pieces of leverage they can use for new deals before the July 16th deadline to sign a multi-year contract. Avril is well aware of that and he’s also aware that he could just sign his tender in order to get the ball rolling on a new deal.

“I could, but you have that risk of getting hurt, that risk of your value going down,” Avril said. “And, they told me to do that last year. You can’t keep doing that for the next 10 years. I wanted a deal last year too and they told me to go out and perform and we’ll try to, I guess, take care of you in a sense. It goes back to being a business. They can do whatever they want — obviously. If it was up to me, I would’ve been signed long term, I would’ve been with my team already and trying to get this Super Bowl thing running.”

There’s good news for Lions fans, too. There hasn’t been many shots fired between the two sides, Avril and the team are still talking about getting a contract done before the deadline and the defensive end offered no indication that he’s looking to hold out from training camp. All of that keeps hope alive for a happy ending for the Lions and one of their most important defensive players.

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7 Responses to “Cliff Avril confirms he won’t be at Lions minicamp”
  1. eastsideballa says: Jun 12, 2012 10:49 AM

    Plz trade this guy already…Dallas we’ll give you Avril and you give us Jenkins. And Avril, we have willie young and Lo-jack ready to take you’re spot and nobody would even notice.

  2. noeffinway says: Jun 12, 2012 11:02 AM

    Avril has explained to the media several times that he has no animosity towards the Lions organization and that he knows this is strictly about the financial/business end of things. He has been participating in community charity events sponsored by other Lions players. He has repeatedly said that he understands this process. He has also said over and over that he wishes to remain a Lion and that he knows that the Lions want him long term.

  3. ike1973 says: Jun 12, 2012 11:05 AM

    No reason for him to do anything until July 16th. And even then he doesn’t have to sign if he doesn’t like the deal. Either way he’ll be ready for game 1 of the regular season. He’ll either have a long term deal or he’ll sign the franchise tag deal for this year.

  4. windycity0301 says: Jun 12, 2012 11:17 AM

    noeffinway says: Jun 12, 2012 11:02 AM

    Avril has explained to the media several times that he has no animosity towards the Lions organization and that he knows this is strictly about the financial/business end of things. He has been participating in community charity events sponsored by other Lions players. He has repeatedly said that he understands this process. He has also said over and over that he wishes to remain a Lion and that he knows that the Lions want him long term.

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    In other words, he’s the anti Matt Forte who seems to take everything personally and is always feeling disrespected.

  5. lks311 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:40 PM

    windycity0301 says:Jun 12, 2012 11:17 AM

    noeffinway says: Jun 12, 2012 11:02 AM

    Avril has explained to the media several times that he has no animosity towards the Lions organization and that he knows this is strictly about the financial/business end of things. He has been participating in community charity events sponsored by other Lions players. He has repeatedly said that he understands this process. He has also said over and over that he wishes to remain a Lion and that he knows that the Lions want him long term.

    ___________________________________

    In other words, he’s the anti Matt Forte who seems to take everything personally and is always feeling disrespected.
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    Forte played “good soldier” last year and it got him nowhere.

    Business is business. Let’s let this thing play out and see where it goes. Both parties have valid points. One way or another, when the line up against the Rams during the first week of the regular season, Avril will be in the Blue & Silver.

  6. notherpoint says: Jun 12, 2012 1:06 PM

    Avril makes plays. Period. I wish he could shed blocks better and tackle more but there’s no denying he has a nose for the ball in the passing game. It’s a passing league, folks. Sign this guy get him happy and then let’s find VandenBosh’s replacement!! Go lions!!

  7. Soulman45 says: Jun 12, 2012 1:52 PM

    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS
    Where ever Cliff Avril is next season he is a Lions this season unless he is traded.
    I would like to see the trade because with the cap it is only so many super stars can be on one team Calvin big money Stafford and Suh and a bunch that will be up this off season.
    A good job by the front office not to over pay his replacement is on deck Young and Lo-Jack can replace him for less than half what he will get Cliff it gone after this year.

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