Although Lions defensive end Cliff Avril has indicated that he won’t be happy with the franchise tag, he wants to make it clear that he is happy with the Lions, and hopes to stay a happy Lion for years to come.
In an interview with Anwar Richardson of MLive.com, Avril carefully made clear that he doesn’t want to alienate Detroit fans and does want to remain a Detroit player.
“I definitely want to be a part of it,” Avril said. “I’ve been a part of the worst possible season, being 0-16, and to win 10 games this past season and be a part of that, you see where the team is headed. To keep moving up and be part of why the team is successful is definitely a major thing to me.”
Avril knows that some Lions fans have labeled him selfish, but he said he hopes fans will see things from his perspective.
“I want to be with Detroit,” Avril said. “I want to be a part of the reason why we’re winning. Also, people have to understand it is a business. When you’re not producing, they definitely let you go. When you’re producing, you should be compensated. That’s what a lot of people fail to realize. As far as being a football player, being with the city of Detroit and on the team, I definitely want to be here. We just have to come to some type of agreement eventually.”
But if they don’t come to an agreement soon, the franchise tag may come first.