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.