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Cliff Avril not sure Lions wanted him back

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Cliff Avril turned down a $30 million, three-year contract offer from the Detroit Lions to play for the franchise tag last season.

He probably wishes he had taken it now.

Avril landed with the Seattle Seahawks this week, agreeing to a $15 million, two-year deal, meaning he can make $25.6 million over three seasons when factoring the franchise tag from 2012. The defensive end isn’t sure how badly the Lions actually wanted him to return this offseason. He suggested as much on Sirius XM NFL Radio, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.

"I'm not even sure if they wanted me to come back, honestly," Avril said. "The offer was -- there really wasn't much communication, honestly. So I took it as if I guess my time was done in Detroit.

"I just didn't get that vibe (from the Lions). Like I said, there wasn't really an offer, there wasn't much communication. I kind of took the hint. I thought it was a hint. We just couldn't make anything happen."

Now, Avril moves on still without the massive pay day he was seeking a year ago.

"I don't regret it at all, honestly," he said. "Everything happens for a reason. I truly believe that. I don't regret it. There's a lot of factors in this contract that is probably better than the one I had anyway. So I definitely don't regret it."

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