Cliff Avril reports to Lions camp


Defensive end Cliff Avril’s exile from the Lions has come to an end.

Avril has been away from the Lions since the team placed the franchise tag on him in February as he first tried to negotiate a long-term contract with the team and then moved on to staying away from the start of camp after not being able to come to terms on one. Avril knew he would have to sign his $10.6 million contract eventually as he’s barred from signing a longer deal until after this season and eventually came on Sunday. Avril sent out a Twitter message announcing his return to work:


Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ website confirms that Avril has reported for work on Sunday morning, one day after defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham made it clear that he was itching to get the defensive end into camp. Now Avril is back and the Lions can step up their efforts to build a strong defensive line that will have to cover for some weaker spots elsewhere on the defense.

Avril, who had 11 sacks last season, will be a big part of that effort.

12 responses to “Cliff Avril reports to Lions camp

  1. Must have been hard to sign a 10.6 million dollar contract for one measly season of football. Too bad he didn’t get enough money to have long term financial security. After all, he has to put food on the table.

  2. Even one week of Willie Young getting first-team reps is better than none. Glad Cliff is in camp, though.

  3. I think Avril was getting bad advice from his agent. He should have signed the $30 million three year, $20 million guaranteed offer the Lions presented to him. His tweet acknowledges a certain level of trepidation. He wouldn’t be afraid if he had signed the Lions’ offer. He can’t be afraid to play all out as that would negatively affect his upcoming contract. Yet he knows he could sustain a career-ending injury and his earnings are capped at half of what he would have been guaranteed. Bad advice from his agent. Too many agents are greedy leeches.

  4. It was his son’s 1st birthday on Friday, I bet he was waiting until after he celebrated that.

    Also if he is reading camp reports, he has to know that Willie Young looks ready to take his job.

  5. @mjkelly – exactly right.

    Avril… and agent… aren’t acknowledging what everyone else sees. While we all like Cliff, he’s experiencing ‘opportunitistic success’, thanks to Suh and Co. double teams and focus.

    He has the talent to deliver in that situation, so the money offered was WELL deserved, but no more than offered.

  6. polegojim- Suh and Co? You mean Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams are just drawing sooooooo much attention that teams just forget about Avril??? Avril is the Lions best pass rusher. And a top 10 pass rusher in the NFL. He deserves way more than 20 million guaranteed over 3 years.

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