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Cliff Avril has no regrets about turning down a long-term deal

Vick Ballard, Cliff Avril, Justin Durant AP

Lions defensive end Cliff Avril says that he has no regrets about turning down any long-term deals offered by the team before he signed his franchise tag tender to play this season for $10.6 million.

Avril wanted more than the Lions were offering and gambled that he’d play well enough to score a deal to his liking after this year. He’s put up 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, both of which are slightly down from last year’s output so it remains to be seen if his risk will wind up paying off when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

“Once again, it comes with the business. You got to take the good with the bad. There was a drought where I wasn’t getting any sacks (earlier this season), and guys were like, ‘Uh-oh, you’re in trouble. You should have took the deal.’ Just all kinds of different things. It is what it is. I don’t trip. It comes with the business,” Avril said, via Anwar Richardson of MLive.com. “Honestly, I look at it like I’m truly blessed to play in the NFL. Point, blank, period. I’m truly blessed to play in the NFL. I’m fortunate enough to be able to have a team that wanted me last year. Just let it be what it is after that.”

Avril said he’d like to remain with the Lions beyond this season. Detroit could franchise him again to keep him from hitting the open market, although there hasn’t been much indication about that being in the cards again this offseason.

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16 Responses to “Cliff Avril has no regrets about turning down a long-term deal”
  1. tannethrill says: Dec 28, 2012 10:33 AM

    Even if he ends up signing for just below what he was offered last year it’s a huge win.

    He made 10+ this year, delayed the contract one year free of injury and can now go where he wants.

  2. elliottcovert says: Dec 28, 2012 10:41 AM

    I have a bad feeling that Cliff Avril will end up being this year’s Ray Edwards — a DE who puts up good numbers largely because he plays on a dominant d-line and gets plenty of one-on-one matchups and then slumps when he gets put into a more difficult situation. And let’s keep in mind that four of his games each season are against the Packers and Bears, both teams which lack decent left tackles. Buyer beware.

  3. peyton42 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:42 AM

    There is no way he is going to end up back in Detroit. The Lions are already pushing up against the cap, and they only have around 31 players signed for next year.

    So it’s a win for Avril if he makes it to this last game healthy, because he gets to jump off this sinking ship that is only going to get worse next year.

  4. gojags436 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:54 AM

    Come on home, Cliff! Come home & play for the Jaguars! They’ve got money to spend on the Clay High School product!!

  5. chc4 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:59 AM

    Ray Edwards didn’t break the bank. Avril will get alot more $ on the open market than Edwards did.

  6. dlions18 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:00 AM

    I hope they bring Avril back. He is a great compliment to the Lions D-Line. If anyone is let go it probably will be Vanden Bosch who had a down year and is now 35.

  7. trojanwarrior007 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:07 AM

    some team will overpay him so it’s a win for him.

  8. beedubyatoo says: Dec 28, 2012 11:08 AM

    That is the wrong headline. It should read, “Cliff Avril celebrting because he didn’t sign a long term deal.”

    It’s the Lions, people.

  9. jumpball81td says: Dec 28, 2012 11:09 AM

    He won’t be back in Detroit. The Lions will use the franchise tag on someone they can resign for less than $10M. With cap restrictions the Lions won’t be able pay Avril 10+ and he’ll be a free agent.

    Avril’s a scrappy hardworking player that will probably find another team that will give him the money he is looking for this offseason.

  10. primetime0552 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:11 AM

    elliottcovert says:Dec 28, 2012 10:41 AM

    I have a bad feeling that Cliff Avril will end up being this year’s Ray Edwards — a DE who puts up good numbers largely because he plays on a dominant d-line and gets plenty of one-on-one matchups and then slumps when he gets put into a more difficult situation. And let’s keep in mind that four of his games each season are against the Packers and Bears, both teams which lack decent left tackles. Buyer beware.

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    You realize that Avril plays left defenive end right? Which means he is actually playing against the right tackle not the left.

    Also find it funny that you call the Lions Dline dominant. Have you ever watched a Lions game? I’ve been a Lions fan since I can remember, and the Lions Dline is far from dominant. They get a lot of hype from the media, but have never really lived up to it. Suh is a stud and Fairley looks like he is going to be just as good, but they aren’t dominant yet. Avril is horrible against the run Vanden Bosh is basically a non factor and needs to retire. I would like Avril to remain a Lion because he is a great pass rusher(his numbers have improved every year he has been in the NFL), but if he leaves I wouldn’t be too disappointed.

  11. jtmartinez34 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:12 AM

    Wide 9, one trick pony. He could not anchor a defense, is not the focal point of any opposition game plan, and can only speed rush. Franchise player…no way. He hit the jackpot with the tag. If he leaves Detroit and goes to a team without a dominate middle, he will be 5.5 sack guy.

  12. lks311 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:13 AM

    Avril has had a fine career with the Lions, but, the economics may dictate he goes elsewhere.

    And, quite frankly, they can win 4 games without him.

  13. calhounlambeau says: Dec 28, 2012 11:21 AM

    Cliff Avril showed flashes/played well before the defensive line was upgraded with high level talent, he’s a solid ‘B’ level DE…

  14. sosuhme says: Dec 28, 2012 11:36 AM

    The Lions don’t have any regrets he didn’t sign a long term contract either.

  15. mjkelly77 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:43 AM

    Cliff Avril has no regrets about turning down a long-term deal
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    He would if he unfortunately received a career-ending injury this Sunday. He’d have to kiss $20 million bye bye.

  16. weaselpuppy says: Dec 28, 2012 2:59 PM

    The Lions are in cap jail next year, and even if they restructure Suh and Stafford and some other fellas, will have $14-25m to resign their FA and go into the FA pool…

    They aren’t franchising anyone and Avril won’t be back unless he takes around $6m a yr AAV backloaded…he’ll get better offers than that for sure…

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